The Defence Headquarters says the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has scored a precise hit on Boko Haram terrorists’ meeting venue and neutralised several terrorists at Mainyakare on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, said the air interdiction mission was executed on Wedneday July 2, to mark the launch of subsidiary Operation LONG REACH II.
Enenche said the air attack was sequel to series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions which established that a prominent building in the middle of the settlement was being used as a meeting venue, where the terrorists plan and launch attacks as well as house some of their fighters.
He said the ATF subsequently dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location.
According to him, the first jet in the first wave of attack recorded a precision bomb strike on the designated target, completely destroying it.
“Other compounds, which were also designated for destruction, were taken out by subsequent passes of the NAF fighter jets.
“Many of the terrorists were also killed as a result of the air strikes.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is in Maiduguri to personally oversee the conduct of Operation LONG REACH II, has commended the ATF for their dedication, dexterity and professionalism.
“The Defence Headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country,” he said.
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Nigeria Airforce partners local Engineering coy for improved services
The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) is partnering with over 30 Nigerian universities for research purposes and some Nigerian companies as a way of engaging local content in its operations.
Olabisi said that the NAF was working with companies like Innoson and Ibeto Group in its aircraft equipment and maintenance requirements.
“The Nigeria Air Force is a highly technical service operating a variety of sophisticated aircrafts and equipment. Therefore, Innoson helps to assemble some of the equipment for our aircraft while Ibeto produces batteries for our aircrafts.
“We are glad to know that TRANOS is an engineering company that has factored safety and quality production as the watch word of the industry.
“Before now, almost all the input of our operations as well as trainings came from abroad because of the sophistication of the equipment that we operate.
“However, partnering with local companies will help to improve our service to the country at cost effective prices,” Olabisi said.
Also, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information, HQ NAF, said the visit was to focus on local contents in procurement and development of science, technology and innovation.
“We are seeking to collaborate with this company as we have done with other companies like Ibeto and Innoson.
“TRANOS is another logical step in that direction in developing indigenous solutions to our technological challenges. The NAF is a highly technological driven service that require such inputs where some of the issues involved are the production of spare parts for our aircraft,” he said.
Daramola said that the Covid-19 pandemic led to a number of restrictions placed on air travel which had affected the logistics supply chain interms of spares.
“This has driven us to look inwards interms of looking for solutions to this issues.
“For the NAF to make sure it is self sufficient, we need to look inwards to look for solutions. That is why partnership with local companies is important to us. So, we will continue to collaborate with them to come out with these specific areas of need for the NAF to get the solutions that we require,” he said.
Abalaka said that partnership was important for growth and expansion which would enable both parties to grow and positively impact on each other and the society.
‘We will focus on the challenges that the NAF might be facing in other to help interms of their aircraft; whether it be mechanical or electrical.
“There is also a drive for made in Nigeria goods right now and we are a company that has focused on investment, in equipment, in personnel and in training to be able to do a lot of things locally,” Abalaka said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
137 Rangers worldwide die in 2020, says International Rangers’ President
Its President, Chris Galliers, made the disclosure at the 2020 World Ranger Day, celebrated annually on July 31.
Galliers’ speech was read by Dr Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General, National Park Service, during a Zoom meeting in Abuja to commemorate the World Rangers Day in Abuja.
He said that the figures accounted for the highest number of Rangers deaths since the inception of the Roll of Honour in 2011.
Galliers said of the seven IRF regions, Asia had the greatest number of rangers’ killed at 66 deaths, representing 48 per cent of all ranger deaths.
According to him, Africa has the second highest number of Rangers’ deaths of 40, making up 30 per cent.
“We know that this number could be considerably higher, as not all ranger deaths are reported or publicised.
“The number is still unacceptably high, with 1,013 recorded ranger deaths over the past decade.
“This is of major concern. We, as the ranger family, share in the loss of our colleagues and their families, and look to honour them on the World Ranger Day for all that they had contributed to the profession and conservation.”
He said the main cause of deaths on duty for rangers was homicide, which accounted for 43 deaths, adding that these deaths mostly occurred in Africa and Asia.
“In addition, the environment in which rangers work can be hostile and dangerous, threatened by the very animals that they serve to protect.
“Wildlife attack accounted for the second highest cause of rangers fatalities, with 24 deaths.
“Other causes include accidents- 33 deaths; drownings- 14 deaths and illness/natural causes- 23 deaths.”
The IRF president said the the federation, at the World Ranger Congress, at Nepal in November, 2019, set some ambitious actions to professionalise the sector and support those working on the frontline.
Galliers said that for the most part, rangers had been classified as essential services, allowing them to continue their invaluable works.
According to him, rangers need the support of the world, and to achieve this, regardless of COVID-19, or not, there is a need for empowered and well supported rangers, operating in a more secured work place, who will become ambassadors for the profession to inspire the next generation.
“We hope that the world takes a greater appreciation of the value of protected and conserved areas and the people who protect them, and realise having a minimum of 30 per cent of the earth protected by 2030 is a real necessity.
“On behalf of IRF and the Board, we thank all those that are taking the time to voice their support for rangers. Thanks too must go to all that are running programmes to keep rangers operational and effective through this difficult time.
“Finally, a thank you to the ranger families for their support and the sacrifices that they live with continuously.”
Dunn, however, said it was commendable to note that ranger patrols by the Nigerian National Park Service had not once faltered during this turbulent period.
According to him, with the support from WCS, Rangers are a force for good in Nigeria.
Dunn: “Ranger teams in Yankari Game Reserve have not lost a single elephant to poaching since 2015.
“Dedicated ranger units in Cross River National Park have drastically reduced poaching of Cross River Gorillas, and there has been no record of Gorillas killed in Okwangwo since 2008.
“Only constant patrols by courageous rangers in Gashaka Gumti National Park has kept Nigeria’s largest wilderness area safe and secure, free from the scourge of Boko Haram.”
He, however, noted that Nigerian rangers needed automatic weapons, better training, improved remuneration and better working conditions.
Dunn added that the rangers also needed joint patrols with the army and improved recognition of the work they do to improve security for all Nigerians, not just for wildlife.
“Also, confidence that the poachers they risk their lives to arrest will be prosecuted according to the full force of the law, and would not be released to reoffend; zero tolerance for violence or threats of violence against rangers,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some rangers from the various national parks across the country shared their experiences, and called for provision of more sophisticated equipment and support for effective service delivery.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Court remands 2 men for alleged unlawful possession of gun, threat to life
A Magistrates’ Court in Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Tuesday remanded two men in Iyaganku Police Area Command cell, for alleged unlawful possession of locally made guns and threat to life.
The suspects, Onifade Yemi, 30, and Biola Olalekan, 32, whose house addresses were not given, were arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful possession of locally made gun and threat to life .
The Magistrate, Mrs Ibukun Osho, refused to take the plea of the defendants and ordered they be remanded, pending the advice of the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution ( DPP).
Osho asked the Prosecutor, Insp Foluke Adedosu, to duplicate the case file for onward delivery to the DPP for his advice, and adjourned the matter until Oct. 6 for mention.
Earlier, the prosecutor had told the court that the defendants and others at large, conspired and threatened the lives of innocent people and to unleash violence on them.
Adedosu said: “The duo of Onifade and Olalekan, on July 28, allegedly threatened the life of one Ismaila Olorungbebe with a locally made single-barrelled gun loaded with catridges.
“The defendants also unlawfully had in their possession two locally made single-barrelled guns and three live catridges.”
She said the defendants committed the offences at about 2 p.m. in Okeseyin village, via Idi- Ayunre, Ibadan.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 86 and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
She added that they were punishable under Section 27 of the Firearms Act Cap F 28 Vol. 7 Law of the Federation, 2004.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Gombe Govt approves 230 hectares of land for establishment of Air Force Operational Base
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has approved 230 hectares of land for the establishment of Nigeria Air Force (NAF) operational base in the state.
Yahaya stated this in Gombe on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Air Force Headquarters on a courtesy visit.
He said the decision of NAF to establish operational base in Gombe was a welcome development consodering the centrality of the state, sharing boundaries with all the states in the North East sub-region.
According to him, the geographical location of Gombe provides advantage, especially in strategizing in the course of ensuring security in the geo-political zone.
“Establishment of Air Force operational base is a welcome development, we have offered 230 hectares of land close to the Airport.
“We hope you will utilize the land, and also come with all the benefits others got from the Air Force.
“The establishment of the base will boost security in the state, and solidify the relationship between the state and security Agencies,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, leader of the delegation, AVM Idi Lubo, said the location of Gombe was strategic, hence the decision to site one of the operational bases in the state.
He said he knew the role Gombe played in terms of stabilising the region, and therefore thanked the government and people of the state.