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NAF expands aerial operations against Boko Haram terrorists

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•Upgrades facilities in Monguno

•Calls for closer cooperation among service chiefs 

 

…Jude Johnson 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to expand its aerial operations against Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North East in support of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

This was disclosed on Monday by the  Chief of Training and Operations for the NAF, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Abdullahi Iya, while on operational visit to the 105 Composite Group, NAF in Maiduguri.

To this end, Iya disclosed that NAF is preparing to launch a new phase of offensive in support of ground operations, especially around the Lake Chas Basin area.

He said that the plan was to ensure that there is no resurgence of the BHTs in any part of the Northeast.

The Air Chief stressed that NAF is currently expanding and upgrading the air facilities in its Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Monguno in order to intensify the war against Boko Haram Terrorists particularly in northern Borno.

He said: “The NAF is upgrading the Monguno facilities to accommodate its combat helicopters employed for the counter insurgency operation.

“NAF will continue to do all within it constitutional power to support the ground and maritime forces until the insurgents is no more.”

Iya also spoke on the recent attack on the NAF helicopter conveying some personnel enroute Gwoza for medical outreach, saying that there was no serious damage done to the helicopter as NAF technical team has fixed the affected part and is now fully back to operation. 

“Likewise, the airman that sustains injury during the attack is in good medical condition now, he added.

In a related development, Iya called for closer cooperation among the Services in order to completely rout Boko Haram terrorists still operating in the North East of the country. 

The Air Chief made the call during a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding 8 Task Force Division, Major General Ali Nani.  

He explained that greater cooperation among the Armed Forces would promote effective communication, boost the morale of troops and improve their fighting efficiency. 

 Iya who was accompanied by the Chief of Logistics,  AVM SI Usman and Air Component Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore C Owoh, added that the purpose of his visit was to identify air support requirements of 8 Task Force Division.

 In his response, the GOC commended the Nigerian Air Force for its contributions and support in the fight against terrorism. 

Nani expected NAF to continue with the current spirit of togetherness, as that is the only way to conduct operations of the magnitude currently being handled.  He pledged the continued cooperation of 8 Task Force Division in all operations.

 


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