NAF, Nigerien counterpart neutralise fleeing insurgents in Borno
Abuja, March 13, 2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has neutralised the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Borno State.
NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, in Abuja, said the operation was carried out on Tuesday at Tumbun Rego Area, on the Lake Chad fringes of northern Borno.
“The Nigerian Air Force has continued to provide active support to ensure success of Operation YANCIN TAFKI, the joint multi-national operation aimed at routing remnants of ISWAP terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin area,’’ Daramola said.
He explained that NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and Alpha Jet attack aircraft, working in synergy with ISR platforms and attack aircraft from the NAF supported surface troops of the MNJTF.
The spokesman said the operation aimed at pursuing and decimating fleeing ISWAP fighters around the Rego Area on March 12.
“The effectiveness of interdiction and close air support missions conducted by the attack aircraft of the two countries facilitated the routing of the terrorists at Arege.
“It resulted in the killing of 33 fighters, destruction of some terrorists’ equipment as well as the recovery of an array of weapons and equipment,” he said.
Daramola also disclosed that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had continued to provide airlift support to troops of participating national contingents of Operation YANCIN TAFKI.
He said that this had enhanced liaison between the various Commanders and facilitated visits to forward locations.
“NAF ISR platforms and helicopters are also providing aerial command posts for enhanced coordination of close air support missions, as well as fire control support for ground artillery bombardment of terrorists’ positions,” he said.
Daramola said that the NAF, operating in concert with allied air and surface forces, would continue to sustain its efforts to support all operations in the North East.
Air Chief urges pioneer NAF nurses to be discipline, proficient
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar has advised students of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine to be disciplined and proficient in their studies.
The air force boss was represented by the NAF Air Secretary, AVM Mahmoud Ahmad.
According to him, capping and strapping means the students are on their way to becoming members of one of the noblest professions and have subscribed to its ideals of service.
He said that establishment of the school, particularly the college of nursing, was to consolidate the rapid expansion and upgrading of the medical services branch of NAF.
“It is expected that the school will through its trainings, enhance the human capacity of the medical services to meet contemporary health manpower challenges.
“I appreciate the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for granting us accreditation and approval to commence the training of nurses.
“I have no doubt that the school will make us proud by producing polyvalent nurses for NAF and Nigeria,” the air force chief said.
He noted that NAF expected lots from the nurses in setting standards in terms of loyalty, discipline and performance.
“Our collective commitment to excellence is paramount if the Service is to effectively discharge its constitutional roles.
“The students must take advantage of this opportunity to train and improve themselves.
“Your discipline, proficiency level, hard work, loyalty and perseverance will determine your progress in this Course and the Service in general.
“This is essential for you to provide quality nursing care with integrity, place service before yourself and become excellent in all you do; which is one of our core values,” Abubakar said.
The Commandant of the school, Air Cdr Glenn Nkanang said those capped were student nurses who have successfully completed their Preliminary Training Session Examination.
Nkanang said that the event marked the completion of the first six months training that would qualify them to start wearing the nurses’ cap.
”The best honour for a student nurse is to be capped or strapped.
“This is because, your uniform is going to be complete which is the number one identity of a nurse.
”When your uniform is complete, your status will change and I believe your initiatives, creativity and responsiveness will equally appreciate.
“But mind you, being capped or strapped has not made you a qualified nurse as you still have a long way to go,” he added.
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.
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.
Over 110 Hand sanitisers production Coys registered in Nigeria- NAFDAC
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says over 110 hand sanitisers production companies are currently operating in Nigeria following the advent of COVID-19 pandemic.
“There were too many things happening at the same time, but we had to expedite approval processes.
“We actually cut it down to 10 days instead of months that we had before.
“For alcohol-based hand sanitisers, there was intensification of submissions and approvals.
According to her, 55 brands of hand sanitisers were issued emergency approval for use during the four weeks COVID-19 countrywide lockdown.
“We weren’t even prepared to get all the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed.
“However, we went into the market on surveillance, we had to go to open markets.
“But, we did our due diligence in terms of both market surveillance which included mopping of many sanitisers from the market, doing laboratory testing to know the level of alcohol.
“There were some that had low levels of alcohol, and we mopped them from the market,’’ the NAFDAC director-general said.
NAF again makes history, records 1st all-female crew on operational mission
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), again, made history with the conduct of an operational Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission by an all-female crew.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Daramola said the mission, which was conducted on May 28 using the NAF Beechcraft KingAir ISR aircraft, had Flying Officers, Oluwabunmi Ijelu and Genevieve Nwaogwugwu as Captain and Co-Pilot, respectively.
He said on the mission, were also Sergeant Njoku Patience as the Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) mission operator and Lance Corporal Shawulu Godiya as the on-board technician.
“The aircraft was also marshaled by a female Marshaller, Aircraft woman David Precious.
“The mission, which was preceded by the customary pre-flight briefing, originated from the 307 Executive Airlift Group (307 EAG), at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport and covered selected areas of interest in Niger State and its environs, where intelligence that would support NAF air interdiction missions as well as the operations of ground forces was gathered.”
Daramola said the Commander 307 EAG, Air Commodore Francis Edosa, while welcoming the all-female crew from the mission, applauded them for displaying a high level of professionalism.
Edosa said that the feat was only made possible as a result of the commitment of Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to providing a level playing field for all personnel, whether male or female, to thrive and realise their dreams and aspirations in service to the Nation.
This, Edosa said, had translated into tangible positive results.
Daramola said that within the past 4 and half years of the current NAF leadership, there has been a surge in the involvement of female personnel in areas that were previously the preserve of men.
He noted that five female pilots have been winged within the period, bringing the total number of female pilots in the NAF to 7.
Daramola said many other female officers and airwomen were also excelling in their various fields of specialisation including Regiment and Special Forces, Aircraft/Armament Engineers and Technicians as well as Air Traffic Controllers, amongst others.
He said the NAF’s objective in this regard was to maximise all of the potentials of Nigeria’s vast human resource pool, male and female, to ensure the effective, efficient and timely employment of Air Power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.
CAS inaugurates accommodation complex for NAF in Imo
Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has inaugurated a Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) accommodation complex for the 211 quick response group of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
The CAS represented by Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal Charles Ohwo, inaugurated the 18-room block in Ngor-okpala Local Government Area of Imo on Tuesday.
Abubakar said the complex was a demonstration of NAF’s resolve to achieve the principal objectives and tasks of the 211 quick response group.
He also said that decent living conditions were imperative to aid officers in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
He also thanked Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo, for creating the enabling environment for the operational activities of the NAF in the state while assuring the governor of continued synergy for the overall interest of Imo citizens.
“I have no doubt that the 211 quick response group has contributed a lot in the fight against various forms of criminality bedevilling the state.
“I must thank president Buhari for his unalloyed support in equipping the NAF and I pledge our continued commitment to the discharge of our constitutional responsibilities.
“I also thank Gov Uzodinma and the good people of Imo for the good working environment . I urge the residents to remain law abiding and assure you of improved security of lives and property,” he said.
Earlier in a welcome address, the commander, 211 Quick Response group, Owerri, Grp. Capt. Elisha Bindul, said provision of the complex was part of efforts to enhance the collective operational capacity of the NAF in Imo.
He thanked the CAS for his support which he described as “quintessential” in containing incidences of insecurity.
He however, assured the government and people of the state of NAF’s commitment to the welfare of its personnel saddled with the responsibility of combating criminality in Imo and the southeast at large.
“It is imperative to note that decent accommodation is necessary for improved output and we thank you sir for your quintessential support.
“It is indicative of the bold efforts of the NAF to expand and cater for the welfare of its personnel.
” The accommodation will motivate the personnel to put in their best for the enhancement of our operational capacity and for the attainment of the Nigerian air force objective.
” I assure you of our commitment to provision of support to the civil authorities in the fight against criminality in Imo and the southeast at large,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was witnessed by the Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, Owerri, Brig. Gen. Yusuf Tukura and some management staff of the Sam Mbakwe Airport.
NAF trains flight nurses, aircrew for Aeromedical evacuation
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has trained another batch of flight nurses and aircrew for aeromedical evacuation of critical patients.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Daramola said it was in continuation of efforts to further boost the capacity of personnel for effective and efficient conduct of Aeromedical Evacuation missions.
According to him, the mission is to airlift wounded soldiers from various theatres of operation and other critical patients to appropriate treatment facilities.
He said the graduation of the 20 nurses and four loadmasters took place on Friday at the NAF Base, Kaduna, after two weeks of intensive training.
He said that the training involved theoretical and practical sessions at the NAF School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine (NAFSMSAM), Kaduna and simulation using the C-130H aircraft, configured for Aeromedical Evacuation.
Daramola said that specific areas covered during the two-week training include; Aerospace Physiology, Crew Resource Management, Aircrew Complements and Duties.
Others are, Enplaning and Deplaning Procedures, Infection Control in Aviation, In-flight Patients Care and Aviation Safety.
The NAF spokesperson also said that graduation ceremony featured demonstration where participants and crew of the force C-130H aircraft simulated the care and management of in-flight patients.
Mukhtar said the event was in line with the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar focus on “human capacity development through robust and result-oriented training for enhanced professional performance”.
He said that the participants had undoubtedly benefited from the training.
He, therefore, advised them to make good use of what they had learnt to add value to operations as they return to their various units.
The air officer commanding stressed that personnel must also be ready to put their new skills to test in providing services to the Nation through evacuation of critically ill patients.
Daramola said the high points of the ceremony was the elaborate simulation, which showcased the skills acquired by the participants in evacuating critical patients.
They demonstrated the evacuation of COVID-19 patients, from originating medical facility to a destination medical facility.
Daramola added that the graduation brought to 40 the number of NAF personnel trained for the Aeromedical Evacuation of critical case patients, using the C-130H aircraft, with 16 trained just over a month ago.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: NAF unveils locally produced emergency ventilators
The Chief of Air, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, who unveiled the ventilators in Kaduna, said it had undergone clinical trials using dogs and pigs to determine its efficacy.
”Within three weeks, two prototypes were developed and I was in Kaduna to witness the demonstration.
“Having seen the progress made, it became necessary for the prototypes to undergo animal testing to ascertain its capacity for use on patients with respiratory illness.
“Accordingly, the Nigerian Air Force partnered with the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to test the effectiveness of the ventilator using both dog and pig models.
“The objective of the animal testing was to demonstrate the capacity of the NAF Emergency Ventilator to ventilate patients with respiratory disease including Acute Lungs injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.”
Abubakar added that the test was also necessary to validate the efficacy of Assist Ventilation Mode where the ventilator detects a breath from a patient and synchronizes the equipment with the breath of the patient being treated.
“I am glad to note that the test was successfully completed and the equipment is certified fit for use.”
Abubakar noted that the devastating effect of the COVID-19 required ingenious and proactive steps to protect lives and avert any form of national tragedy.
He stated that NAF had hitherto embarked on mass production of face masks and Personal Protective Equipment as well as the provision of Liquid Oxygen to designated hospitals and isolation centres across the country.
“The Nigerian Air Force has equally continued to provide airlift for personnel of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and medical equipment whenever our services were required.
According to him, all the efforts as well as several other initiatives were aimed at adequately preparing the NAF to provide the required support for the Federal and state governments in the battle against COVID-19.
“The Nigerian Air Force has continued to vigorously pursue a robust and result-oriented research and development policy with emphasis on the provision of indigenous technological solutions.”
The Air Chief also disclosed that NAF had engaged in strategic partnerships with some Ministries, Departments and Agencies to reduce dependence on foreign equipment, adding that “the efforts have yielded results and positively impacted our operations.”
Abubakar appreciated the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for the support and encouragement to the NAF.
Ekeh said by investing in high quality training of personnel, innovative approach to issues and encouraging out- of-the-box thinking, a lot of solutions to operational challenges in the NAF have been locally developed through Research and Development, thereby saving huge resources.
“This event today is a testament of the collaborative efforts of Nigerian Air Force researchers and our technical partners from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,” he said.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
NAF renews loyalty to President Buhari
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, has renewed the loyalty and support of the Nigerian Air aforce to the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sadiq gave the assurance at the Chief of the Air Force Eid-el-Fitr Luncheon organised with troops in the North East on Monday in Yola.
Represented by Air Commodore Muhammed Yusuf, Commander 153 Base Services Group, Yola, Sadiq said that the get together was a tradition to bring the Air personnel in the region together.
”Let me assure our loyalty to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his constant support to the Nigeria Air Forces.
”The get together is a tradition being organised by the Nigeria Air Force to facilitate the front Air personnel in the North East region during festivity.
”And the Nigeria Air Force is committed to ensure our country is safe and people can go to their normal activities,” Sadiq said.
He added that the Nigeria Air Force base in Yola would continue to play a vital role in the fight against insurgency in the north east.
He equally assured the people of Adamawa in particular and the entire region the utmost best of the Air Force to protect them from dreaded insurgents and other crimes.
Host Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa appreciated the Nigeria Air Force’s role in fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Fintiri, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Maxwell Gidado, recalled that before the opening of COVID-19 test centre in Yola, the state government relied on Nigeria Air Force to carry samples of suspected Corona patients to Abuja for the test.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
COVID-19: NAF produces ventilators to support fight against pandemic
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar, announced this during Eid-el-Fitri lunch with troops of the Air Component of “Operation Lafiya Dole” at the Airforce Base in Maiduguri on Monday.
Abubakar said that the locally-made ventilator was a product of research development programme by the Nigerian Airforce in partnership with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
He said that the ventilators would be commissioned on May 27.
He explained that as part of the measures to combat the pandemic, NAF had distributed reusable face mask to all its personnel while PPE and ventilators were provided at the Nigerian Airforce Hospitals in Maiduguri.
“I wish to remind us of the need to maintain continues vigilance and ensure strict adherence to necessary guidelines and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19,’’ he said.
The CAS said that despite the challenges of competing resources, occasioned by the COVID-19 induced lockdown, NAF has maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but other parts of the country.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
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