By Talatu Bala
Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), on Saturday said Nigeria Air Force has would soon deploy two additional helicopter gunships to support the ongoing operations against the bandits in the North-West.
Abubakar made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri.
Abubakar spoke on the sideline of the inauguration of newly constructed accommodation for technicians’ crew and airmen at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Composite Command, Maiduguri.
He disclosed that two additional helicopter gunships would be inducted this month by President Muhammadu Buhari for deployment to the North-West.
Abubakar said: “We are looking forward to acquiring additional platforms. The President is going to induct two additional helicopter gunships this month.
“It will be deployed to the North-West to support our operations, to enable farmers have freedom to cultivate their farmland and feel safe.
“We will continue to work hard to ensure that every Nigerians go about his or her normal business without fear or hindrance.”
On alleged bombing of villagers in Zamfara, Abubakar dismissed the report as misleading, adding that available data indicated that the Air Force only destroyed bandits’ hideouts.
Abubakar explained that the service employed sound surveillance and monitoring modalities to identify its targets and avoid civilian casualties.
Commenting on counter insurgency campaign, Abubakar said that the service was providing support to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in the ongoing clearance operation against remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in North-East and Lake Chad region.
The air chief noted that his visit to Maiduguri was also to appraise progress recorded in the ongoing operation in the North-East theater of operation.
Elaborating further, Abubakar revealed that the service had executed viable projects aimed at improving the well being of personnel and enhance its operations.
According to him, the service has constructed a block of 30-room for airmen and a technician crew room in Maiduguri command, to provide decent accommodation for its personnel.
“It is not only about fighting the war but ensuring that the welfare of personnel fighting the war is well taken care of,” he said.
The air chief tasked the servicemen to ensure effective utilization of the facilities and dedicate themselves to duty to end insurgency and restore peace to the region.