NIGERIA ARMY AND AIR FORCCE LOSE 4.8BIL NAIRA WEAPONRY BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY, 2019

Olaleye Aluko The Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army, which are two active forces in the counter-insurgency war in the North-East, have lost over N4.8bn in weaponry in the region between January and May, 2019. This sum is obtained from estimates of the crashed NAF Mi-35M helicopter, gun trucks, machine guns and other weapons stolen from army bases, according to military sources. On January 2, the air force’s Mi-35M attack helicopter crashed in the North-East while on a Boko Haram interdiction mission, killing five crew members comprising two pilots…

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NAF IGNORED DISTRESS CALL WHEN BANDITS INVADED MY TERRITORY- ZAMFARA EMIR

A Zamfara Emir, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, has disclosed that the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) of ignored distress call when bandits attacked his domain.The Emir of Bungudu who spoke to a Punch’s correspondent, disclosed that 15 people were killed in broad daylight when bandits stormed his domain recently. The Zamfara Emir who alleged that the NAF ignored distress call when bandits attacked his domain, said; “Just on Saturday, in my domain, the bandits struck in broad daylight and killed 15 people. Thirteen people died instantly, while two others gave up the ghost…

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AIR FORCE INVESTIGATES BOMBING OF CIVILIANS IN ZAMFARA

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, has set up a seven-member special team to investigate the alleged bombing of some civilians at Dumburum village in Zamfara state. The leader of the team, Air Vice Marshall Idi Lubo, disclosed this to reporters on Friday shortly after their arrival at the Umar Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina State. He explained that the mission of the team was to unravel the circumstances that led to the emergence of the allegation. Air Vice Marshall Lubo said, “I’m here with my colleagues, seven in…

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NAF SPEAKS ON ALLEGATIONS OF BOMBING WRONG SETTLEMENTS IN ZAMFARA

A file photo of Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar/ The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has rejected the allegations that only innocent civilians and not bandits were killed in recent air strikes conducted by its Air Task Force for Operation Diran Mikiya in the areas attacked in Zamfara State. The service condemned the reports in a statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola. In the statement posted on its Facebook page on Friday, the air force described the reports as “ridiculous”.  …

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WE HAD TO HIRE ISRAELI EXPERTS TO TACKLE BOKO HARAM SAYS AIR FORCE

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force on Friday said the Israeli security experts, who were brought in to train 450 personnel, were engaged due to the insurgents’ attacks on military bases in the North-East, among other reasons. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent, adding that the costs of the training could not yet be obtained. The Air Force, on Tuesday, had said it commenced the training of 450 carefully selected regiment personnel as Special Forces. The…

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BOKO HARAM BACK IN SAMBISA FOREST, WE BOMBED THEM 108 TIMES – AIR FORCE

Adamawa State. Yusuf said some of the challenges with the air operations were thunderstorms and rainfalls, which impacted negatively on some air operations during the period. He noted that there were days that flights had to be delayed or cancelled on account of poor weather. He stated, “Intelligence surveillance and Reconnaissance reports through the second quarter of 2017 indicated a gradual return of the Boko Haram terrorist activities to the Sambisa Forest. There have been sightings of a few Boko Haram activities in the Sambisa general area, particularly in Parisu.…

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NIGERIA AIR FORCE TALKS TOUGH ON BIAFRA, CAUTION SECESSIONISTS

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar on Friday warned that no part of the country will be ceded to any group calling for separation and drumming for war. Abubakar gave the warning on Friday in Kaduna at the passing out of 1, 928 recruits, while calling on the personnel of the service not to be distracted by those calling for war. He urged the personnel not to compromise national security or engage in acts capable of bringing the service to disrepute. “Do not be distracted by disgruntled…

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RANN BOMBING: MILITARY REPORT BLAMES OPERATIONAL LAPSES

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday finally made public the panel report on the accidental bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Rann, Borno State, saying the cause of the air strike was a lack of appropriate marking of the area. This is just as the DHQ said offending soldiers and naval officers involved in the clash between the army and the police in Damaturu, Yobe State, and between the police and the navy in Calabar, Cross River State, had been identified and would be sanctioned…

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NIGERIA AIR FORCE REDEPLOYS OFFICERS, ESTABLISHES NEW COMMAND CENTRES

By Joseph Erunke ABUJA-THE Nigerian Air Force has established two new command centres in Kaduna and Enugu states. Also,the service has created a new branch, known as Communications Branch from its Logistics and Communications Branch, equally bringing the number of NAF branches to ten. Nigerian Air Force helicopter The new commands, which were excised from the now defunct Training Command,have brought the total number of commands in the Nigerian Air Force to six. The newly established commands are the Air Training Command, ATC, with headquarters in Kaduna and the Ground…

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