The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says NAF personnel will continue to fight against banditry until citizens are able to go about their daily activities and live freely.
Abubakar gave the assurance during the inauguration of one block of 20 flats airmen transit quarters and internal road networks at 271 NAF Detachment on Wednesday in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.
“We must continue to fight until our beloved citizens are able to go about their daily activities and live freely.
“It is our obligation to professionally perform our roles to protect our dear country from both terrorism and militancy.”
According to Abubakar, this is in pursuit of NAF’s constitutional roles, and in line with his vision for the service.
“I have constantly sought not only to evolve strategies that will enable the service adequately project air power to effectively and efficiently deal with prevalent security threats, but to also see that personnel welfare is treated with utmost priority.”
Abubakar said it was noteworthy to recognise the crucial role of 271 NAF Det Birnin Gwari in arresting the dynamic security challenges within its areas of responsibility.
“This further buttresses the need for a robust structure that can conduct single and joint operations in concert with other surface forces as well as provide the needed support towards combating insecurity.
“It is in recognition of this pivotal role that the welfare of human component of our security architecture must be prioritised,” he said.
He added that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) would continue to put in place facilities that would ensure the comfort of personnel and enhance their operational efficiency.
“It is no gain saying, that our air offensives against banditry in the ongoing military campaigns in Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto states have so far, contributed greatly to the achievements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“However, this is not the time to relent. I am happy to know that this unit neutralised some bandits on Tuesday, July 7, while carrying out its constituted assigned tasks,” he said.
The air chief appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his unending support to NAF toward the achievement of its statutory mandate.
He reassured all Nigerians that NAF remained more committed to ensuring a safer and more secure Nigeria.
Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Special Operation Command, AVM Charles Ohwo, said the current NAF leadership has placed high emphasis on personnel welfare and capacity building.
Ohwo said this had greatly enhance personnel performance, morale and service delivery.
“Therefore, I reassure you of our dedication and unalloyed commitment to ending insurgency and banditry across our sphere of influence,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Banditry/Terrorism: Buhari expresses regret over killings, seeks revamp of intelligence assets
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed regret over the killing of innocent citizens by insurgents and bandits in the country.
He challenged state and local governments to revamp their intelligence assets to address the dastardly acts.
The president made his feelings known in a broadcast to commemorate the 2020 Democracy Day in Abuja on Friday.
He said: “I regret recent sporadic incidents with tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice.
“I must implore state and local governments to revamp their intelligence assets so that the security agencies can nip in the bud any planned attacks in remote rural areas.
“I send my heartfelt condolences to all the relatives and communities affected.’’
The president observed that the Ministry of Police Affairs was created as part of efforts aimed at strengthening the nation’s internal security architecture.
According to him, ending insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminality across the nation is being accorded appropriate priorities and the men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have considerably downgraded such threats across all geo-political zones.
“All the local governments that were taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have long been recovered and are now occupied by indigenes of these areas who were hitherto forced to seek a living in areas far from their ancestral homes.
“The total collapse of the economies of these areas, which constituted a threat to our food security, has also been reversed with the gradual recovery of farming and other economic activities,” he said.
He also revealed that the government had expanded the National Command and Control Centre to 19 states of the federation, resuscitated the National Public Security Communication System and commenced the implementation of the Community Policing Strategy.
“Government has similarly established a Nigerian Police Trust Fund as a public-private sector vehicle for alternative sources of funding security activities.
“To reduce security challenges through our external borders, especially smuggling of oil products out of the country, inflow of small arms and drugs into the country and equally protect our local manufacturers, we introduced operation “Ex-Swift Response, ” he said.
He added that the closure of borders from Aug. 20, 2019, had ” considerably succeeded in meeting its objectives as well as improving our national revenue.”
Buhari also disclosed that the Federal Government had continued to work to reduce social and economic inequality through targeted social investment programmes, education, technology and improved information.
“ Our Social Investment Programme has continued to be a model to other nations and has engaged 549,500 N-Power beneficiaries, 408,682 beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme and 2,238,334 beneficiaries of the Growth Enhancement and Empowerment Programme.
“This is being done in collaboration with the states.
“Similarly, “Marketmoni” and “Tradermoni” Programmes have provided affordable loans to small and micro scale enterprises to grow their businesses.
” Under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, over 9,963,729 children are being fed to keep them in school and improve their nutritional status,” the president said.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Banditry: Sokoto Govt. restricts motorcycle movement in 4 LGA’s
The Sokoto State Government on Wednesday imposed a 12 hourly restriction on movement of motorcycles in four local government areas where bandits have been on loose recently in the state.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello made the disclosure after a meeting of the State Advisory Security Council (SASC).
Tambuwal said that the local government areas affected by the motorcycles movement restriction are: Isa, Sabon Birni, Rabah and Goronyo.
“Apart from the motorcyclists restriction which will last from 6pm – 6am, the SASC also resolved that all motorcycles and their respective riders in the affected local government areas will be duly registered by constituted authorities.
“In this regard, the Police, Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) in conjunction with traditional authorities are directed to ensure compliance to the directive.’’
He appealed to members of the public and those in the affected areas to understand that the measure was taken in the best interest of all.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Banditry: Police Command distributes operational vehicles in Sokoto
The Police Command in Sokoto State had distributed operational vehicles to Police Area Commands, Divisions and Out Posts in the state as part of efforts toward tackling banditry.
The Commissioner of Police in the state Mr Ibrahim Kaoje, who conducted the distribution on Monday in Sokoto said that the vehicles were issued by the Sokoto State Government.
Kaoje charged officers to ensure judicious use of the vehicles and to enhance efficiency in policing the state.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal had disclosed that the vehicles were provided in collaboration with the 23 local government areas in the state.
He said that the benefiting agencies included Nigerian Army, Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the DSS.
He noted that a network was established where vital information would be shared among security agencies and community members on all forms of crimes to ensure prompt responses.
The governor lamented the increased cases of banditry in eastern parts of the state and commended President Muhammadu Buhari over granting him audience and briefing on security situations in the state.
He urged security operatives to step up action and synergy against all forms of criminality in the state, assuring residents of the effected areas that the situation would soon be overcome.
Banditry: Don’t give breathing space to bandits –Chief of Air Staff urges NAF Special Forces
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has urged the troops deployed to fight against banditry and kidnapping in the North Central and North West, to continue to do everything possible not to give breathing space to bandits.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abubakar was earlier briefed by the Air Officer commanding Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force, AVM Charles Ohwo, on the operations.
“I appreciate your efforts, but I urge you to give no breathing space to bandits.
“Locate the bandits, identify their locations and ensure that they do not attack people.
“Do everything humanly possible and ensure that Nigerians conduct their legal activities without hindrance,” he said.
Abubakar further urged the officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force to ensure that farmers go to their farms during this rainy season.
“Do not allow bandits to interfere with farming processes,” he said.
He advised the bandits to surrender themselves and their weapons for their own good.
He said that NAF would continue to deploy serviceable aircrafts, surveillance aircrafts, gunship helicopters and aviation fuel to enable the air officers and men effectively fight the criminal elements.
He therefore urged Nigerians to have confidence in NAF and give them intelligence information that would assist to achieve success in the fight against criminals.
“Security is not only a military affair, but is for all and sundry. Give intelligence information to NAF, Nigerian Army, police and other security agents about activities of bandits and other criminals.
“We will continue to work together with Nigerian Army and other security agencies to fight insurgency,” he said.
Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, AVM Charles Ohwo, spoke at length on their operations in the North Central and North West zones of the country.
He told the Chief of Air Staff that Operation Gama Aiki, Operation Thunder Strike and Operation Hadarin Daji, were introduced to tackle insurgency in those parts of the country.
Ohwo said that the NAF aircrafts involved in the operations so far covered about 1,400 flying hours covering areas in Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States.
He said that the major challenges they were encountering are poor whether conditions and lack of hanger space.