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NAF Immortalizes Fighter-Pilot Baba-Ari in Maiduguri

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has named the newly commissioned Pilots’ Crew Room at the Headquarters Air Task Force (HQ ATF) Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Maiduguri as a mark of honour for the supreme price paid by Late Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Muhammed Bello Baba-Ari

Baba-Ari, an experienced fighter pilot died on 28 September 2018 while participating in the aerial display rehearsals for the 58th Nigerian Independence Day Celebration.

The NAF in a statement by the  Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, said immortalizing the senior officer would go a long way in adding value to the fight against insurgency and bolstering the morale of officers and men in the frontlines.

According to the statement, the ultra-modern Pilots Crew Room Building houses a briefing room, computer room/library, pilots’ life-support room, lounge, recreation room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms for pilots on standby as well as several restrooms.

The ceremony, which took place in Maiduguri today, 18 December 2018, also witnessed the commissioning of a newly constructed HQ ATF Extension Building as well as the winging of 5 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilots, in furtherance of the capacity building initiatives of the current NAF leadership.

The CAS, Air Marshall Abubakar’s Sadique in his opening remarks noted that the event was another opportunity to re-focus attention on the clarion call of the nation for increased commitment to duty and service.

The CAS, while  commending the progressive performances of the ATF against the insurgents, especially during the last Operation GREEN SWEEP, further charged the Task Force to reciprocate the various welfare enhancements by dealing harder and more effective blows against the remaining elements of the Boko Haram insurgents with a view to completely eliminating them.

He reassured the troops of NAF support, particularly in providing what they require to prosecute the war, as far as the prevailing national economic realities permit.

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