The Nigerian Air Force is set to deploy more personnel to the Northeast to swell the ranks of the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency in the region, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said.
The Air Chief, who made the disclosure Thursday in Kano while commissioning some projects at Kano Air Force Base, said the deployment will commence today.
“We are deploying more troops to the northeast to re-enforce army in fighting insurgents in the region. We are committed to this fight and we will remain such until we rid the region of all terrorist elements”, he assured.
Mr. Abubakar stressed that it is the mandate of the Air Force and indeed the Nigerian military “to protect lives and properties of all Nigerians at all cost”.
He noted that much is expected of the Nigerian Air Force as an institution and as individuals in ensuring the protection of the citizenry and other critical assets of the state.
“At present, the Nigerian Air Force is deployed in many internal security operations in various parts of the country. Wherever we have deployed, our presence have brought hope and relief to the despaired and source of worry to the criminally minded”, he said.
Air Marshal Abubakar also assured that NAF would continue to support Kano state government and other northwestern states in ensuring peace and security in the region through the operation Sharan-Daji that is being carried out in the area.
The CAS added that recently, the NAF has deployed Special Forces to 339 Base in Kano not only to enhance base defense, but also to protect properties at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).
He stated that projects commissioned in Kano by NAF were Single Officers quarters, Non-Commissioned Officers’ accommodation, Student Pilots quarters, Two blocks of Married Officers’ accommodation and Main entrance of the 303 Flying Training School.