The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday deployed additional Special Forces (SF) operatives to Lafia in Nasarawa State, to hasten the restoration of peace and security to the North Central Zone.
The deployment of the SF elements followed the earlier deployment of a NAF Mi-35P Helicopter Gunship to conduct operations in the area and also marks the formal activation of the 22 Quick Response Wing (22 QRW) Lafia.
This was contained in a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director Public Relations and Information, NAF.
According to the statement, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in his address to the troops during the deployment, stated that the deployment was aimed at enhancing the existing security architecture in the area.
Abubakar who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command (AOC SOC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Charles Ohwo, recalled that the 22 QRW was established in 2018 with the objective of bringing security closer to the people by curbing the activities of bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements in Nasarawa State and its environs, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies.
He noted however that the Unit could not fully commence operations at that time due to some logistics and manpower constraints, which, he said, had recently been overcome in 2 ways.
He charged them to continue to uphold the NAF’s core values of ‘Integrity’, ‘Service before Self’ and ‘Excellence’, as they carry out their assigned tasks.
In his remarks, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engineer Abdulahi Sule, who was present to receive the troops, expressed appreciation for the swift response by the NAF to deploy SF elements to the State which, he said, would help to bring acts of criminality in the State to an end.
According to the Governor, “no one could have thought that the response to the requests that I made 3 days back, during a meeting with the President, would come into fruition so quickly”.
He therefore thanked the President and the CAS for their efforts geared towards ensuring that peace is restored to Nasarawa and surrounding States.