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VIDEO: NAF Jets Destroy Terrorists Command Centre in Dusula

 

 

In a renewed offensive aimed at further eliminating remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province Terrorists (BHT/ISWAP) in the Northeast of Nigeria, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has launched Operation GREEN SWEEP 3 which targets some identified terrorists’ positions in Borno State. In furtherance of the operation, the ATF yesterday, 9 August 2019, successfully destroyed a BHT Command and Control Centre at Dusula on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest. The operation was executed after series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions led to the identification of the Command Centre with its solar panels, communications equipment and other facilities.

The 3 Alpha Jets dispatched by the ATF engaged the location in multiple passes, recording accurate hits on the target area. The structures housing the Command Centre were completely destroyed by the strikes while several of the terrorists were neutralized. The few surviving terrorists, who were seen attempting to flee the area, were taken out by follow on attacks.

The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its operations against the terrorists in the Northeast.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force

NAF IMMORTALIZES LATE FLYING OFFICER ABDULRAHMAN BAYERO, TRAINS 4,500 REGIMENT PERSONNEL IN 4 YEARS

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has immortalized late Flying Officer Abdulrahman Bayero, a Regiment Officer, who died in a firefight with armed bandits at Kawan Pole Waya near Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State on 22 July 2019, by naming 2 newly constructed blocks of 10 x Single-Bedroom Officers’ Transit Quarters at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) in Kaduna in his honour. The new residential accommodation were commissioned today, 10 August 2019, by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who said the NAF has trained over 4,500 Regiment/Special Forces Personnel from 2015 till date.

Speaking through the Chief of Policy and Plans, Headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal Napoleon Bali, the CAS stated that the rationale behind the rapid capacity building of the NAF Regiment Specialty was premised on the need to reposition the Service to meet the emerging security challenges which had, over time, evolved to mostly threats posed by non-state actors employing unconventional tactics to target NAF aircraft and other assets. To this end, he said, efforts were intensified to increase the strength, equipment and weapon holding of the NAF Regiment whilst also upgrading the erstwhile Regiment Training School to a Centre for more effective discharge of its training functions.

Air Marshal Abubakar noted that the enhanced capacity of the NAF Regiment has enabled the Service to continue to contribute to Government’s efforts at ensuring the protection of Nigerians from armed bandits, militants and insurgents. He noted, however, that, in spite of the various successes so far recorded in the various internal security operations, some personnel had paid the supreme price in the line of duty. Accordingly, he highlighted that, while the ceremony marked the provision of additional accommodation to staff of RTC for enhanced performance, it was also a solemn occasion honouring the ultimate sacrifice made by Flying Officer Bayero. While praying for the repose of his soul, the CAS urged personnel to emulate the values of selflessness, bravery and dedication displayed by the late officer, noting that the buildings would continue to serve as a memorial to his sacrifice.

Speaking further, the CAS noted that the efforts towards improving personnel welfare as well as ensuring a well motivated and professional force could not have been possible without the immense support of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari. He therefore registered his profound gratitude on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen, civilian staff and entire Air Force Family, pledging continued and unalloyed loyalty. “As a Service, we will strive to continuously meet and even exceed expectations of the Nation at this time of heightened insecurity by protecting the citizenry and our critical assets as well as bringing succour to those in despair, as we discharge our constitutional responsibilities to the Nation”, the CAS said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), Air Vice Marshal ldi Amin, recalled that since assumption of office, the CAS had deliberately focused on capacity building and personnel welfare as key drivers of his Vision for the NAF. He disclosed that the upgrade of the Regiment Training School to Centre status, being one of these areas of focus, had translated to an increase in students’ intake thereby resulting in the training of over 4,500 personnel in various courses from 2015 till date. AVM Amin remarked that some of the ongoing projects in the Centre, which include 3 blocks of 10 x one-bedroom transit accommodation for airmen/airwomen instructors, an Olympic sized swimming pool, gymnasium, dining hall, 3 classroom blocks, a 300-seat hall, construction of airborne training apparatus as well as upgrade of the Commando Village, would not only ameliorate accommodation challenges but also improve on the Centre’s training capacity.

Members of late Flying Officer Bayero’s family, including his wife, Mrs Zainab Bayero, as well as his parents, Mallam and Mrs Hassan Bayero, and siblings attended the ceremony. Also present at the event were the Chief of Training and Operations, along with other Branch Chiefs and Directors from Headquarters NAF, the AOC Air Training Command (ATC) and Principal Staff Officers ATC and GTC as well as Commandants and Commanders of co-located NAF Units in Kaduna, amongst others.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force