Additional Special Forces personnel of the Nigerian Air Force arriving Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna, today, Sunday August 16, 2020, led by Squadron Leader Richard Ngaro, Commander of the 404 Force Protection Group (FPG).
Nigerian Air Force’s first female helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, has died in a road accident.
It was learnt that Arotile sustained head injuries from the road accident which occurred at the NAF Base in Kaduna.
NAF in a press statement said Arotile died on Tuesday.
The statement quoted the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as describing Arotile’s death as an “irreparable loss”.
Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, recently completed a programme at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa.
She died less than a year after she was decorated as the first female combatant helicopter pilot.
The statement read, “It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today (Tuesday), 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
“Until her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.
“During her short but impactful stay in the Service, the late Arotile contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.
“We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”
The deceased was one of the 13 pilots inducted at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, August 15, 2019.
They were deployed in the North-East and other parts of the country for security operations.
Arotile graduated as the best flight student from the Nigerian Air Force in 2017.
The service which also built a cenotaph for her by the entrance to the hall located at the 041 NAF Communications Depot, Shasha, said it found the late Alokha’s action worthy of celebration and a huge inspiration to the younger generation on selfless service.
It noted that the late principal by her action exemplified the good shepherd who put the protection and safety of her cubs well above hers, an act that deserved a place in history.
Unveiling the cenotaph and the name, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said a hall in a school where character was moulded deserved to be named after a worthy Nigerian who has distinguished his/herself in the service to humanity.
Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command, Air vice Marshal (AVM) Lawal Alao said Alokha’s bravery that dah saw that no child of Bethlehem Girls College died in the disaster, adding that she ensured they were all saved but her.
“I am hopeful that naming the assembly hall after Rev. Sr. Henrietta Alokha will not only be symbolic but will continually keep her memory fresh in our hearts. I am convinced that the stories of her heroic act that day will continue to remind our younger ones the values of selfless service to humanity. The sacrifice should also serve as motivation for Airmen and Air Women of the NAF who are presently deployed to various theatres of operation in our country,” he said.
At the event were the Superior General, Congregation of Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SSH), Sr. Monica Rowland, Sr. Felicitas Osunde, Director, Education Services, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Messenger Jerome Oduntan and members of Sr. Alokha’s family.
Appreciating the NAF for the gesture, Sr. Rowland hoped that her death would be a lesson for leaders to be ready to make sacrifices for the led.
She disclosed that the Catholic Church in Nigeria has set up an endowment fund in her honour.
“It is called the Sr. Henrietta Alokha Endowment Fund. This fund is to be made available for indigent children between the ages of six and 17, who are very intelligent but cannot fund their education due to financial constraints.
“This is just the first step the church is taking. We are planning to do more things to immortalise Sr. Henrietta Alokha,” she said.
Messenger Oduntan described Sr. Alokha as a quiet but forthright woman who loved those who were under her care and paid the most precious price for them.
“One can imagine the number of mothers that would have been weeping for their children but instead of them weeping, she volunteered her life.
“The school was razed down and the government told us it would not be happy for us to rebuild there because of the proximity of the school to the pipelines. So, we appealed to them that we need plots of land within that axis. This is because the mission and vision of the Catholic Church is to have schools all around, not centralised.
“Since that school was in that axis, we need another one there. They promised to get us land there. For the students, they have been distributed to our existing schools as well as members of staff,” he told reporters.
The donated medical materials, which consist of 107 boxes of medical supplies and equipment, comprising surgical masks, medical disposable protective clothing, face shields and detection kits, weighing about 3,000 pounds, were airlifted in a single mission using the NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft (NAF 913) and handed over by the NAF Aircrew to a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Health led by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abdulazeez Mashi Abdullahi, today, 25 March 2020, at the NAIA, Abuja.
Speaking to the press after inspecting the delivered items, Alhaji Abdullahi thanked the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for the timely deployment of aircraft to airlift the items to Abuja. He also expressed appreciation to the NAF officers and men who participated in the airlift mission for their professional conduct. He said the donated items would go a long way in supporting the Government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Country
The NAF leadership has also expressed the readiness of the Service to provide any form of support within its statutory responsibility of providing aid to civil authority as the Nation continues to work assiduously to deal with the threat posed by COVID-19.
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated a total of 2,070 recruits of Basic Military Training Course 40, as part of efforts to boost the operational power of the service.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and some top officers of NAF attended the passing out parade of the recruits which held on Saturday in Kaduna State.
In his remarks, the air force chief explained that the new personnel were recruited to boost the fight against insurgency, banditry, and other related crimes in the country.
He told the new recruits to be prepared to pay the supreme price in defending their fatherland, especially at a time when the country was facing several security challenges.
Abubakar reminded the graduands about the duties of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, and to also submit to both civil and military authorities at all times.
He announced that his administration would always place a high priority on the welfare and capacity building of officers and men of the service.
The passing out parade marks the end of the six-month training of the new recruits after they were carefully selected for the drill at the Nigerian Air Force Military Training Centre in Kaduna.
It also comes ahead of their deployment to the front line, thereby bridging the manpower gap in the service.
As part of the effort to prepare the young airmen and airwomen for the task ahead and in pursuance of the service’s mission-oriented force development, the curriculum for their course was reviewed with the introduction of internal security module.
At the event, awards were presented to recruits who distinguished themselves in the course of the training.
Boko Haram insurgents suffered a major casualty on Sunday when the Nigerian Air Force jets bombarded their meeting venue in Boboshe, Borno State, it was learnt.
According to a statement signed by the Director Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola, scores of Boko Haram fighters were killed in the air raid.
According to the statement made available to journalists, “the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has decimated a location at Boboshe on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, being used by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) as a meeting venue.
“The attack was conducted following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, coupled with Human Intelligence reports, that established that a building within the settlement was being used as a rendezvous by the BHTs where their commanders assemble to take instructions before launching attacks against own troops and innocent civilians.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter aircraft to attack the hideout, scoring accurate hits within the designated area leading to the decimation of the target structure. Several BHTs were also killed as a result of the strikes.
“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has asked its pilot trainees in South Africa to return home with immediate effect. The young pilots, 12 in number, were divided into six each in different schools. According to a source, who spoke to Saturday Telegraph on condition of anonymity, the young pilots have finished with their paper works, only waiting for their licenses and formal graduation ceremony before the order to return home.
The directive, the source added, is sequel to the recent attacks on Nigerians and nationals of other countries living in South Africa, which has continued to draw condemnation around the world. Saturday Telegraph learnt that the directive is part of the efforts towards safeguarding Nigerian nationals in South Africa.
The source said: “Nothing is wrong with the training. It’s just the tension that is been created in Nigeria. “We have been there for one year now and had finished with our paper works last week; we were only waiting for our licenses and formal graduation ceremony. “But we have been asked to just come back with the authorities promising to sort out whatever remains with the schools, including our certificates. “The Nigerian Air force feels is unsafe for us to continue to stay in South Africa. But we try to calm them down.”
The young pilots had gone to South Africa to train as part of the bilateral agreement between the two countries. There is fear from the NAF authorities that Nigeria has spent so much on these young pilots and would not want to take what it calls unnecessary risk given the tension in the two countries at the moment. The programme has been on since 2015 but indications are rife that Nigeria may not send more trainees to South Africa except issues around xenophobia are quickly resolved. It will be recall that tension reached feverish height following the alleged killings, burning and looting of properties belonging to Nigerian nationals living in South Africa. The Nigerian government in retaliation pulled out from the ongoing World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to reward one of its personnel, Aircraftman (ACM) Bashir Umar, who found and returned the sum of 37,000 Euros to Alhaji Ahmad, the owner of the lost money.
Igbere TV reports that ACM Bashir found the money in a parcel, while on routine patrol with some of his colleagues, at the Hajj Camp Market in Kano State on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
Bashir, who is a member of the NAF Mobile Air Defence Team (MADT), had been deployed for airport security duties on that day, when he found the parcel.
Igbere TV gathered that a phone number was on the parcel which the Airman called and eventually handed over the package to the owner.
In a statement sent to Igbere TV by NAF’s Spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, he noted that the reward is a way to encourage other personnel to uphold such values.
“Consequently, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the Chief of Administration at the Headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, to immediately come up with modalities to reward the airman so as to encourage other personnel of the Service to continue to embody attitudes and behaviours that reflect NAF’s core values of Integrity, Excellence and Service Delivery”, the statement read.
Bashir Umar, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel who returned a missing €37,000 to its owner, will now be rewarded by the air branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
In a statement released on Sunday, spokesperson for NAF, Ibikunle Daramola, revealed that its personnel found a parcel containing the lost money at the Hajj Camp Market in Kano on Tuesday and returned it to its owner after calling the number on it.
The statement read in parts “The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the Chief of Administration at the Headquarters NAF, Air Marshal Kingsley Lar, to immediately come up with modalities to reward the airman so as to encourage other personnel of the Service to continue to embody attitudes and behaviours that reflect NAF’s core values of integrity, excellence and service delivery.”
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) denies report of helicopters “dropping weapons for Fulani herdsmen in the forest area of Akwuke Community in Enugu South LGA of Enugu State”..
… Says the report was false and “deliberately misleading and obviously concocted by the writer to cause disaffection and incite negative, divisive emotions”.
The statement from NAF reads:
FALSE REPORTS OF AIRCRAFT DELIVERING ITEMS IN AKUKWE FOREST AREA OF ENUGU STATE
1. The attention of Headquarters Ground Training Command (HQ GTC) Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Enugu has been drawn to a story being circulated by some mischievous, misguided elements purporting that NAF helicopters were being used to “drop” weapons for Fulani herdsmen in the forest area of Akwuke Community in Enugu South Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State. The report alleged that helicopters had been seen on several occasions flying at low level and landing in the forest area to “discharge their packages”.
2. HQ GTC wishes to state that the report is deliberately misleading and obviously concocted by the writer to cause disaffection and incite negative, divisive emotions. It must be noted that the NAF has 2 helicopter training institutions under its purview, which have been operating in Enugu for several years. These are the International Helicopter Flying School (IHFS) and 405 Helicopter Combat Training Group (405 HCTG), whose training curricula include low level flying around the forest areas near Akukwe, which is one of their designated training areas.
3. In particular, the 405 HCTG commenced tactical training on the newly acquired 109 Power helicopters on 24 May 2019, which includes low level flying as well as other maneuvres requiring them to land and take off within the training area. However, at no time was any NAF helicopter used to ‘drop’ any materials, let alone deliver weapons to any individual or group. Members of the public, especially residents of Enugu State, are therefore advised to discountenance the fake report and go about their normal activities without fear.
4. The NAF, as a professional fighting force, remains resolute in performing its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of a united Nigeria. Accordingly, we shall continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the country of all criminal elements in order to enable all Nigerians pursue their legitimate aspirations.
5. You are please requested to disseminate this information through your medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.
Acting Command Public Relations and Information Officer
Headquarters Ground Training Command Nigerian Air Force”
A Zamfara Emir, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, has disclosed that the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) of ignored distress call when bandits attacked his domain.The Emir of Bungudu who spoke to a Punch’s correspondent, disclosed that 15 people were killed in broad daylight when bandits stormed his domain recently. The Zamfara Emir who alleged that the NAF ignored distress call when bandits attacked his domain, said;
“Just on Saturday, in my domain, the bandits struck in broad daylight and killed 15 people. Thirteen people died instantly, while two others gave up the ghost later.The worst of all was that when the local government chairman alerted the head of the air force to the attack, the response he got from the other end was that he was not supposed to have picked his (of the LG chairman) call, ‘since you people have decided to disgrace us.’
“When the council chairman informed me of what transpired, I picked my phone and called the air force commander. Three times I did, but he never picked my calls and since Saturday, he has yet to return my calls.”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it will deploy aircraft, military equipment and personnel in Abuja during rehearsals for its 55th anniversary celebration.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who announced this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said the rehearsals would hold between April 22 and April 30.
“The Nigerian Air Force will be celebrating its 55th Anniversary between April 27 and 29 in Abuja.
“As part of activities to mark the event, the NAF will be showcasing its air power capabilities in an Order of Battle (ORBAT) fly past,” he said.
Daramola urged members of the public to go about their normal activities without panic or fear during the activities.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said it has lost an airman in a parachuting accident in Kaduna.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.
“NAF is sad to announce the passing of one of its airmen, Corporal Meshach Iliya Komo, who died in Kaduna today, April 14 2019, in a parachuting accident during recurrency training.
“On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late airman over this irreparable loss.
“We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest,” the statement read.
The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has significantly degraded an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists’ Hideout and neutralized some of its leaders and fighters at Magari on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State. This was accomplished in an air interdiction mission conducted yesterday, 1 April 2019, following credible intelligence reports indicating that some senior ISWAP leaders arrived the settlement on Friday, 30 April 2019, along with some of their fighters.
Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions conducted over the weekend confirmed increased level of human activities in the settlement with a prominent ISWAP flag observed near 2 compounds in the settlement indicating the presence of high level leaders of the Sect. Accordingly, 2 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, supported by an ISR platform, were dispatched to attack the identified compounds within the settlement.
Overhead the target area, some terrorists were observed in the vicinity of the compounds. The bombs from the 2 Alpha Jets recorded direct hits on the target compounds resulting in destruction of several structures, which were seen engulfed in flames. Several of the terrorists were also neutralized in the process.
The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its operations against the terrorists in the Northeast.
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
The Independent National Electoral Commission has apologized to the Nigerian Air Force for wrongfully accusing it of using its personnel to invade its premises in Rivers State and disrupt the collation of results in the protracted governorship and House of Assembly polls.
It will be recalled that the Spokesman for the INEC in Rivers State had accused the NAF and other security agencies of invading its collation centre and disrupting the exercise thereby forcing it to discontinue the declaration of results, a development that is currently generating tension across the country and beyond.
But apparently realizing its mistake, INEC said on Tuesday that it had discovered that none of the NAF personnel was involved in the chaos that was recorded in the premises at the weekend leading to the suspension of poll results collation and announcement.
In the statement absolving NAF entitled: “Inadvertent Involvement of the Nigerian Air Force in the Disruption of the March 9 2019 Collation Process”, INEC said it also discovered that the men in military uniforms were neither not from the NAF.
The statement which was made available to Vanguard on Tuesday was signed by the Head of Voter Education in Rivers State, Mr. Edwin Enabor for the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga.
The statement said: “Further to our investigation and clarification from the NAF Command in Rivers State on the invasion of our offices/disruption of collation process by armed men in military uniforms, the commission wishes to state that the persons purported to have worn the Air Force uniforms were neither personnel of the service nor authorized by the service to be at INEC office.
“The commission therefore wishes to express its regret at the embarrassment this might have caused the NAF,” INEC said.
The apology by INEC notwithstanding, its earlier claim at the weekend that military personnel took over its premises and hijacked the collation of results, has gone viral and attracted global attention, forcing some countries to issue threats against Nigeria.
The Nigerian Air Force says it has started the airlift of election materials for the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
A statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Air commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the airlift would be conducted day and night to deliver sensitive and non-sensitive materials to designated places.
Air Commodore Daramola said: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Monday 11 February 2019, commenced the airlift of electoral materials for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the country for the conduct of the 2019 General Elections.
“The airlift exercise includes day and night missions, during which both sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials were conveyed in batches, with NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja to various airports across the country.
“The materials were duly delivered by the C-130H aircraft crew to teams of INEC and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) officials together with security personnel waiting at the various airports.
“It may be recalled that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during his meeting with Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) and NAF Field Commanders on 1 February 2019, had expressed the readiness of the NAF to avail INEC its transport aircraft to enable expeditious movement of electoral materials, as done in the past.
“It is pertinent to state that the transport aircraft are deployed solely to provide airlift support to meet INEC’s logistics requirements, in fulfilment of NAF’s constitutional role of providing Military Aid to Civil Authority. “
The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, stated, yesterday, that its fighter aircraft in continuation of Operation Thunder Strike 2, destroyed some Boko Haram terrorists facilities and neutralised several insurgents at Bukar Meram and Tumbun Allura, both on the fringes of Lake Chad, Borno State, on Sunday.
Nigerian Air Force
It said the attack at Bukar Meram was conducted based on credible human intelligence reports indicating the presence of some terrorists within the settlement.
A statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director, NAF Public Relations and Information said: “Accordingly, the Air Task Force detailed a NAF Alpha Jet aircraft and helicopter gunship to carry out air interdiction at the location.
“Two of the identified locations were subsequently destroyed in strikes and several terrorists neutralised.
“Similarly, they were attempting to regroup at another location in Tumbun Allura after their bases in the settlement were destroyed on September 4.
“Consequently, the identified location within the town was attacked and destroyed by a combination of NAF Alpha Jet and F-7Ni aircraft to further ensure the insurgents are unable to resume using the settlement as a base of operation.
“NAF, working in concert with surface forces, will sustain the momentum of Operation Thunder Strike 2 with a view to seeking out and destroying vestiges of the insurgents in the Lake Chad green fringes.”
Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, while inaugurating the exercise code named: Ex-Omo Oloja, said the present administration made re-equipping and continuous training of the Armed Forces top priority to better cope with the country’s current security challenges.
“Our profound appreciation goes to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, for his unflinching support and encouragement to the Armed Forces,” he said.
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff disclosed that the exercise was being worked on in all NAF command in the country.
Abubakar disclosed further that the aircrafts are the featest means of tactical mobility.
“A critical importance of air logistics support was amply demonstrated in 2017 when the NAF contained the development of an ugly situation in Alagarno.
“The situation was contained through supply of drinking water by helicopters to ground troops who had been cut off behind enemy lines,” he said.
Abubakar said exercises such as this would undoubtedly reposition the service towards addressing present and future security challenges not only in the country, but also within the West African sub-region.
Air Vice Marshal Nnamdi Ekeh, the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, had earlier said that the simulation exercise was designed to train NAF personnel in the conduct of medium scale airlift operations.
“It will enable participants have practical experience on the steps to be taken in carrying out medium scale airlift operations and carry out protection of essential facilities during the airlift,” he said.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said that it has conducted air strikes against Boko Haram Terrorists killing scores of insurgents in the air operations.
Its Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that the air strikes were carried out after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform has established Boko Haram activities in the area.
AVM Adesanya said: “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in the night of 13 April 2018, successfully destroyed some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) vehicles at a location, about 12km East of AREGE, in the Lake Chad Region.
“Earlier on, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had discovered BHT activities, with some vehicles mounted with guns, moving within the location.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed NAF Mi-35M Helicopter gunships to conduct Air Interdiction strikes to take out the targets.
“Overhead the location, the attack platform acquired, interdicted and neutralised the targets with rockets and cannons.
“The subsequent Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) revealed that at the end of the attack, a BHT gun truck, with its entire occupants, was completely destroyed and engulfed in fire. Another BHT vehicle was damaged and immobilised as a result of the attack while several BHTs were killed in the process.
“The NAF continues to provide adequate air support, through the ATF of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, by conducting a range of air operations to create the necessary environment for ground operations to continue apace.”
A suicide bomb attack by Boko Haram terrorists was today foiled by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces in conjunction with some Nigerian Army troops. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Special Forces, in conjunction with some Nigerian Army troops, successfully foiled a suicide bombing attack by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at the University of Maiduguri, Borno on Sunday night.
AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
“Meanwhile, the vest on one of the suicide bombers detonated before they could gain access into the hostel, leading to a commotion.
“However, there was no reported fatality except for the suicide bomber, whose counterparts immediately fled, when the NAF Special Forces and the NA troops opened fire on them.
“The NAF Agusta Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) then went in pursuit of the fleeing BHTs, following which an additional suicide bomber was identified and neutralized,”
Adesanya said the NAF Agusta LUH was still searching for the other fleeing terrorists at the time of filing this report.
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A pilot sustained injuries after a jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) was involved in a mishap in Kaduna state on Monday.
Olatokunbo Adesanya, spokesman of the force, who confirmed this, explained that a student pilot forced-landed the aircraft – a Diamond 40 trainer – on the outskirts of Kaduna while on a solo mission as part of flying training at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.
Diamond 40 is a one-person seater training aircraft used for the training of air force personnel.
“The incident, which took place today, March 19, 2018, was as a result of an airborne emergency that could not enable the pilot fly the aircraft back to the base,” he said in a statement.
“He, therefore, force-landed the aircraft but with minimal damage to it. However, the student pilot, who was the only one on board, suffered minor injuries and is already receiving treatment at the 461 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kaduna.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident while efforts are ongoing to recover the aircraft.”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has inaugurated additional 18 x 2 Senior Non-Commission Officers (SNCOs), and 18×1 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) residential quarters at the 351 NAF Base Minna.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Adesanya said that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, was represented by the Chief of Administration, AVM Ibrahim Yahaya, at the inauguration.
He said the additional living quarters was in line with NAF’s efforts to ensure adequate welfare of its personnel involved in Internal security operations across the Country.
He quoted Abubakar as saying that the provision of good quality living accommodation for both married and single personnel of the NAF would continue to be one of the top priorities of the current NAF leadership.
According to the CAS, this, is in consonance with global best practices in more advanced Armed Forces.
He said said that the provision of suitable accommodation was essential to ensuring the welfare of its personnel.
Abubakar said that this would promote, inculcate, reinforce discipline, training, a sense of honour, responsibility and esprit de corps among personnel.
He also charged the beneficiaries of the newly constructed accommodation to ensure adequate maintenance of the facilities,
He equally urged the personnel to rededicate themselves to duties to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.
”This is more so, that you are now required to be more actively involved in the provision of the much needed security within the State as well as participate in various Internal Security operations such as Operation SHARANDAJI,
”Operation ZUMA and the just concluded KARAMIN GORO in addition to Special Joint Internal Security patrols, among others,” he said.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plans to indigenously develop an armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar announced during a 15 February ceremony held to mark the induction into service of the Tsaigumi UAV.
The Tsaigumi is “just a stepping stone to greater heights”, AM Abubakar said. “The next step in our UAV programme will be to develop the Ichoku, Nigeria’s first indigenously developed unmanned combat aerial vehicle.”
The NAF said the Tsaigumi was produced by its engineers in collaboration with Portuguese company UAVision, and would be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations over land and sea.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Kaduna inaugurated a new drone developed by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance.
The Unmarked Areal Vehicle, named Tsaigumi, was to boost the capacity of the military.
“From the military perspective, the added capacity for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance provided by the TSAIGUMI will boost ongoing and future security operations.
“As this project moves into the next stage, which is mass production, it would create employment and possibly generate revenue as Nigeria’s first military export product,’’ the President said.
According to him, the technological feat is an indication that there is potential to apply the same innovative mindset to addressing other areas of indigenous technological needs.
“While I commend the Nigerian Air Force for this accomplishment, I enjoin you not to rest on this achievement but to strive harder in your research and development efforts for greater innovation.
“Be assured of this administration’s support towards the attainment of greater technological milestones for our nation.’’
Buhari reiterated the commitment and firm resolve of his administration to take Nigeria to the next level of growth and development.
“We remain determined to overcome all challenges to our security and development as a nation. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with us to make our collective dreams of greatness a reality.’’
He added: “Government remains determined, despite numerous challenges to bring about the much-needed CHANGE that will lift our beloved nation to its rightful place as a major economic and political force on the world stage.
“Part of our drive to achieve this goal is to enable enterprise and the improvement of the quality of life through massive improvement of national infrastructure.
“Accordingly, as I outlined in my New Year Day broadcast to the nation, this Administration has designed series of key projects to dramatically overhaul national infrastructure and overcome the deficit in that vital area.
“The role of the military as an enabler of national development cannot be overemphasized, as efforts would be futile if national security is not first guaranteed.
“In this regard, let me once more commend the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies, for their tireless efforts towards defeating Boko Haram and all other threats to our nation’s security, thus ensuring that the government can proceed with its developmental activity without hindrance.
“Let me again commend the Nigerian Air Force leadership for the unprecedented feat it has attained on Research and Development.
“I am aware that the Air Force was the overall best in the recently concluded 2017 National Technology and Innovation Exposition under Research Institute category.
“Accordingly, its drive, determination and unwavering support brought about numerous significant innovations, not least of which is the TSAIGUMI which I am inducting today.
“It is indeed most gratifying that the Nigerian Air Force has gone a step further than simply acquiring them, to developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capabilities with indigenous technology.
“This outstanding accomplishment, which we are gathered today, holds promise of both military and economic benefit to the nation.’’
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, said the unmanned vehicle has a “mission range of 100 km, a service ceiling at 15,000 feet and operational endurance of about 10 hours.’’
He pledged NAF support “to harness, promote, commercialise and diffuse locally developed technologies for the production of globally competitive goods and services that intensively utilise Nigeria’s raw materials for national development.
“ This is necessary because it is through R&D that nations technologically advance and enhance their productivity, spur economic growth and address societal concerns such as health, energy, environment, defence and security.
“Besides, to be effective and efficient in dealing with contemporary security challenges posed by non-state actors, there is the need to build capacity to develop smarter and highly sophisticated indigenous platforms as well as compact and mobile forces that use information technology to get real time intelligence necessary for military operations.”
Sadiq added that the NAF Research and Development Centre established in 2015, “has so far successfully repaired the CH-3A Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) that had been grounded for over four months due to the lack of spares.
“Since its reactivation on 2nd January 2018, the UCAV has conducted several missions which have positively impacted on our Operations in the North East.` As I speak, the UCAV is engaged in combat missions in the North East.
“Only last week it acquired and destroyed Boko Haram Terrorists and their equipment in the Sambisa general area.“We have also tasked the centre to address gaps in specific areas of operational needs of the Service.
“One such area of need has been that of enhancing NAF’s Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to meet national security imperatives. “In this regard, AFRDC has been charged to build capacity to maintain all ISR platforms that are currently in the Service.
“Similarly, the AFRDC was tasked to operationalise the Gulma UAV prototype taking into cognisance the peculiar challenges associated with our operating environment.
“It is gratifying to state that the efforts in this direction have, yielded positive results which include among others, the production of the TSEGUMI UAV.’’
The Nigerian Air Force said it has concluded plans to establish a Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Taraba State to curb the incessant attacks by herdsmen on innocent farmers in the country.
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who made this known, also said the Air Force has concluded plans to establish a Quick Response Wing along the Benue-Nassarawa axis.
Marshal Abubakar gave the hint in a lecture he delivered at the National Defence College (NDC) titled ‘The Nigerian Air Force – Challenges and Future Perspectives”,
The NAF oss, in a statement signed by the Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshall Adetokunbo Adesanya, lamented the menace caused by the incessant herders/farmers clash.
Adesanya, in the statement said, “The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, today disclosed plans by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to establish a Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Taraba State, as part of plans to further tackle the incessant herdsmen-farmers clash in the country.
“The CAS, who disclosed the plans while delivering a lecture to participants of National Defence College (NDC) Course 26 in Abuja, also announced plans to establish a Quick Response Wing along the Benue-Nassarawa Axis. The title of the lecture, which lasted one hour, was ‘The Nigerian Air Force – Challenges and Future Perspectives’. Participants of the Course are drawn from senior officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and those of sister African countries, senior officials of other security agencies in Nigeria as well as those of Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“The lecture afforded the CAS to share thoughts with the participants on how the National Defence Policy prescribes that the NAF should be employed, out of which the mission statement of the NAF was coined. Air Marshal Abubakar also spoke on the current and likely threats as well as contingencies from the perspective of air operations. He then elucidated on his vision for the NAF while also highlighting current efforts at actualizing it.
“Some of the initiatives included but are not limited to the establishment of new commands and some units, improvement in human capacity development, improved aircraft serviceability and logistics support as well as enhanced personnel welfare. He also spoke about the efforts being made in the area of research and development towards improved self-sufficiency, as a result of which the NAF is currently making great savings in foreign exchange.
“Thereafter, he discussed the current NAF Force structure, doctrine, current capabilities and equipment holding in response to threats alongside the NAF’s strategic plan before looking at NAF future perspectives. The CAS equally examined the challenges and constraints to the NAF’s air power effectiveness before concluding the lecture by discussing the strategies to countering the challenges enumerated. The lecture was followed by a stimulating interactive session.”
he Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has described unfounded allegations of repeated human rights violations in villages around Numan in Adamawa State leveled against it by Amnesty International (AI) as baseless.
NAF’s position was expressed via a statement signed by Air Vice-Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, its director of Public Relations.
NAF was responding to a statement issued by AI on Monday. In the statement, the human rights organization accused NAF of killing villagers through air raids at the same time their communities were under attack by Fulani herdsmen, a claim NAF denied.
“It is very unfortunate that a highly respected international organization such as Amnesty International would make such unfounded allegations. At no time has the NAF been involved in settling any ‘herdsmen-farmers’ clash in the Numan general area as alleged by Amnesty International. It is particularly disturbing that an organization of the stature of Amnesty International would believe a ridiculous story that the pilot of an aircraft flying at a high speed would be able to distinguish between a herdsman and a local farmer before deciding which one to bomb,” said NAF.
It denied ever intervening in the crisis around Numan on 4 December 2017, stating that there were no two distinguishable groups involved in the clash. Instead, it said, only one group of was seen attacking villages near Numan.
“The NAF remains a highly professional organization, which places a high value on respect for human rights, and therefore categorically states that the allegations by Amnesty International are lies. In actual fact, the intervention of the NAF in the Numan crisis of 4 December 2017 resulted in the successful dispersal of a group of hoodlums who were setting some villages around Numan on fire,” the force maintained.
In the early hours of 4 December 2017, said NAF, its Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform departed Maiduguri to conduct ISR over Numan general area. This, explained the Force, was in response to a request by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army (NA).
The move was a sequel to the receipt of reports of clashes around that location.
“Hundreds of people mostly dressed in black attires and who appeared armed were sighted ransacking and setting a village on fire. In addition, the hoodlums set large portions of farmlands ablaze. Furthermore, some of the men were seen guiding livestock out of the village. Consequently, a NAF aircraft was called in to support the army and other relevant security agencies through ‘show of force’ low-level flights,” explained NAF.
The action, the statement further explained, was aimed at dispersing the crowd of assailants and halting the carnage that had unfolded.
After several low flights, added NAF, the hoodlums refused to disperse, but started shooting at the aircraft and continued burning houses within the community.
According to NAF, the aircraft had to fire shots ahead of the assailants when it became obvious that they were heading for Numan to cause further damage. Following the intervention, the Force said the hoodlums fled to a nearby bridge, after which the NAF aircraft conducted more low flights to prevent them from regrouping around Numan and other villages.
“It is important to state that the hoodlums had set several villages on fire and much destruction had taken place before the arrival of NAF aircraft. Nevertheless, the intervention of the NAF proved decisive in putting an end to the hoodlums’ rampaging activities. At no time did the NAF spokesman identify the hoodlums as herdsmen, as the pilots could not have possibly determined the identities of the hoodlums from thousands of feet in the air. Additionally, the NAF spokesman has never revised the accounts of the events of the day with any media house,” NAF stated.
It equally said without its intervention, the brigands would have succeeded in burning down Numan and kill for fun in the community, where they were obviously headed.
In addition, NAF explained that it is its responsibility to defend the lives of Nigerians and could not have simply watched while lives were being taken and properties destroyed.
“It is regrettable that Amnesty International never made any attempt to find out NAF’s account of the events of the said date before making its allegations. The report by Amnesty International is therefore deemed to be unfair, one-sided, and apparently aimed at embarrassing the NAF. Clearly, the NAF will continue to sustain efforts at ensuring security within the nation and will not be discouraged from discharging its constitutional responsibilities of protecting the lives and properties of all Nigerians,” said NAF.
The force restated that it was never involved in the resolution of any “herdsmen-farmers” clash in the Numan general area, denied that it set villages ablaze and stated that its aircraft was not used to kill anyone around Numan during the crisis.
NAF challenged AI to produce credible evidence to substantiate its allegations that NAF air attacks led to the destruction in the villages as well as loss of lives. Should AI fail to produce the evidence demanded, added NAF, it should retract its allegations.
Nigerian Air Force killed at least 35 people in attacks on villages in the northeastern state of Adamawa in December, Amnesty International claimed in a report released today.
Air Force spokesman Olatokunbo Adesanya denied the Air Force had bombed any locations in the region or fired shots targeting people, saying it had opened fire to dissuade looters and vandals. Adesanya said he was unaware of any human casualties.
Residents of the villages described being fired upon by a fighter jet and military helicopter as they attempted to flee, at the same time as hundreds of herdsmen took part in a revenge attack on the communities for earlier killings, Amnesty said.
On Dec. 4, air force fighter jets fired rockets at villages to deter communal clashes as a cycle of violence and revenge attacks gripped Adamawa state, Amnesty said.
“The helicopter and the jet started releasing bombs. Houses started burning. Children started running for their lives,” an unnamed farmer from the village of Shafaron told Amnesty.
The report described the “devastating cumulative effect of the herders and Air Force attacks, with at least eight villages heavily damaged or completely destroyed by fire.”
Burned husks of vehicles and blackened houses reduced in parts to rubble were shown in an accompanying video from Amnesty. Satellite images depicted large swathes of settlements ravaged by fire.
Eighty-six people died, with the Nigerian air force responsible for at least 35 deaths, and some 3,000 homes were destroyed in the five villages visited, said Amnesty.
The air raids occurred in the villages of Lawaru, Dong, Kodomti, Shafaron and Nzuruwei, where Amnesty International interviewed a total of 15 witnesses.
Locals in each village also provided Amnesty International with lists of the dead, which totalled 86 names.
As the herdsmen shot people and torched homes, and the air raid resulted in fire, it was not possible to establish how much of the death and destruction was a direct result of the air attacks or attributable to the attack by herdsmen.
Based on witness testimony, field observations, determination of the nature of weapons used as well as analysis of photographic and satellite images Amnesty International believes that the air raids caused significant destruction, and estimates that they were responsible for at least 35 deaths and numerous injuries.
Witnesses involved in the identification and burial of the victims said that 51 had gunshot or machete wounds, while the remaining 35 died as a result of the airstrikes in Dong, Shafaron, Lawaru and Kodomti.
They said that most victims were buried in individual graves but in Dong some 28 victims were buried in a mass grave.
Dong and Lawaru had the highest number of fatalities. Across the five villages visited by Amnesty International, some 3,000 homes were destroyed.
Satellite and aerial imagery secured and analysed by Amnesty International confirm the devastating cumulative effect of the herders and Air Force attacks, with at least eight villages heavily damaged or completely destroyed by fire.
“Launching air raids is not a legitimate law enforcement method by anyone’s standard,” said Osai Ojigho, Amnesty’s country director for Nigeria, in Tuesday’s report.
“Such reckless use of deadly force is unlawful, outrageous and lays bare the Nigerian military’s shocking disregard for the lives of those it supposedly exists to protect,” she said.
Two weeks after the incident, Amnesty claimed that NAF spokesman, Adesanya revised the account, adding that the herdsmen had opened fire on the aircraft.
Adesanya was also quoted as saying that the air force recorded video footage of the operations, which involved an Alpha Jet and an EC 135 helicopter.
The region is a flashpoint for violence between Muslim herders and Christian farmers over rights to grazing land and agriculture. This month at least 168 people have died across five states in such clashes, said Amnesty.
The report is the latest challenge to the military on human rights and the attacks suggest a deadly crisis between herders and farmers is spiralling out of government control.
Nigeria has been trying to contain the insurgency confronting it with all possible means. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has started playing a major role in this mission and has intensified air operations in North Eastern Nigeria. NAF operations from December 20-22, 2017 neutralized scores of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Tumbun Rago, a settlement in the northern fringes of Borno state, bordering Lake Chad. The operations started with an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. This was followed by air interdiction to strike the identified targets. Then came Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) missions after the strikes to assess the nature and extent of damage to the targets. Finally, follow on mop up operations by helicopter gunships at multiple locations enhanced the degree of target neutralisation.1 A similar operation was carried out by NAF in conjunction with the Nigerian Army (NA) on January 3-4, 2018 in Sambisa, Njimia and Camp Zairo.2 These operations constitute a classical example of air power employment in anti-insurgency operations.
Nigeria is one of the most affluent and powerful West African countries, with the highest GDP in the continent. It shares land boundaries with four countries — Niger, Benin, Chad and Cameroon. The cumulative combat power and national power of these four neighbours is less than that of Nigeria by a large margin. The differential in combat air power between Nigeria and these four countries is even more glaring.3 Consequently, the prime focus of Nigeria’s creation and employment of air power has been to manage internal conflicts and insurgency, besides ensuring the protection of the coastline and exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The country is nearly square shaped (1100 km long and 1000 km broad). The three military air bases are strategically located and over 30 airstrips evenly spread across the country allow an efficient application of air power.
The only combat aircraft in the NAF inventory at present are 14 Chinese built F7 procured in 2005-08. MiG-21s and Jaguars have been phased out. For counter insurgency (COIN) operations, it has 13 Alpha Jets, 23 L-39 and 12 MB-339 aircraft, besides 11 attack helicopters made up of Mi 24/Mi 35.4 The further growth trajectory of Nigerian air power can be assessed by analysing its defence budget and likely procurements. The proposed defence budget for 2018 with an allocation of US $1.5 billion has nearly 77 per cent earmarked for salaries and overheads. This limits the funds available for modernisation and up-gradation. Out of this limited modernisation budget, an allocation of $66.32 million is planned for aviation assets, including payment for three light utility helicopters for the army, two helicopters for the air force, one UAV for the navy, and for the maintenance of two Alpha Jet aircraft and one C-130 transport aircraft. Nearly 53 per cent of the money earmarked for aviation assets is for part payment for the acquisition of three JF-7s from Pakistan.5
A significant event took place on December 27, 2017 when the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, presented the Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in respect of 12 A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft to the NAF. This will no doubt boost the NAF’s airpower potential. The Trump administration’s offer reverses the Obama administration’s decision to block the sale of military hardware to Nigeria. The LOA represents the official US Government offer to sell defence articles and services to the Nigerian Government.6 It is expected that the LOA would be signed and necessary payments made before February 20, 2018, to ensure the commencement of the production of these aircraft.7
The US $ 593 million deal includes aircraft, weapons, training, spare parts, aviation and ground support equipment, hangar, facilities, and infrastructure. These aircraft will augment the NAF effort in operations against the Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa, as well as Nigerian efforts to counter illicit trafficking both within the country and in the Gulf of Guinea.8 The deal also includes $29 million worth of weapons including 200 GBU-12/58 Pave Way II tail kits, 400 laser guided rockets, 2,000 MK-81 (250lb) bombs, 6,000 unguided rockets, 20,000 rounds of .50 calibre machine gun ammunition, seven AN/AAQ-22F electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor and laser designators. In addition, all aircraft sold will include weapons software to support forward-looking infra-red (FLIR).9 Nigeria’s defence budget of 2018 will have to provide for this deal at the expense of some other equipment.
This deal, on fructification, will permit sustained and effective round the clock COIN operations by the NAF. The combination of sensors and precision weapons will be difficult for the insurgents to beat. Precision strikes by the proposed low-calibre guided weapons will also reduce the probability of collateral damage. However, the mission can be effective only when it is supported by adequate ISR and suitable communication grids. NAF is presently not very well equipped in this regard. With the available ISR resources, it will not be possible to fully exploit the offensive assets on its inventory. NAF has a large area to cover for surveillance and monitor activities in specific sectors on a round-the-clock basis. The time lag between the initial ISR mission and follow-on mop-up attacks in December 2017 and January 2018 is of the order of 24 hours. With the kind of mobility available to insurgents, this time is adequate to relocate safely, thus staying ahead of the ISR cycle. Operational necessity is to shrink the sensor-to-shooter time.
To upgrade its ISR capabilities, NAF is looking intently at UAVs.10 These provide an optimal low cost and safe solution for long duration, repetitive missions. A benign air defence environment makes a perfect backdrop for UAV operations. The issue however is of the availability of resources to fund this need. And the answer lies in a re-look of the operational environment and reassessing the combat equipment requirement. One deal that stands out in this regard relates to the JF17. With practically no conventional threat on its borders, should NAF be equipping itself with the high-cost JF-17s at this juncture? Its existing fleet of F-7 is barely a decade old and adequate, along with ground-based radars, to ensure air superiority in its neighbourhood against known threats for another decade. The financial resources earmarked for the three JF-17s could optimally be utilised to upgrade the surveillance and communication network and reduce the sensor-to-shooter time for COIN operations.
Building up the capability to douse the current insurgency should ideally take precedence over the necessity to tackle a hypothetical conventional threat. Additionally, the procurement of just three JF-17s will not stand professional scrutiny with respect to its maintenance. A fighter platform like the JF-17 will necessitate the setting up of first and second lines of maintenance facilities for unhindered operations. This will tantamount to a sub-optimal utilisation of the investment in the project for just three platforms. In the absence of these facilities, the aircraft will be non-operational for a prolonged duration owing to the scheduled maintenance servicing. Either way, the cost of operation of the three JF-17s will further bloat the already burgeoning revenue expenditure. That will, in fact, prevent further modernisation.
Governments all over the world can allocate only finite resources for their armed forces. It is incumbent on the armed forces to assess the operational environment in a realistic manner and then draw out an appropriate equipment procurement strategy. Assets to tackle the existing security challenges must be provided for and only thereafter capabilities for tackling future threats should be built up. Unless reprioritised, the Nigerian defence budget will come under severe strain in the next three years.
Views expressed are of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDSA or of the Government of India.
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*Group Captain Kishore Kumar Khera, VM is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today, 14 January 2018, took delivery of the second batch of Super Mushshak trainer aircraft that the Federal Government had since ordered from Pakistan. The Ilyushin 76 Strategic Airlifter aircraft that brought the new Super Mushshak aircraft touched down at NAF Base Kaduna at exactly 7.45 am today. The Chief of Logistics at NAF Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Bello Garba, received the new aircraft on behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. A combined team of NAF and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) personnel were also on hand to assist in offloading the new aircraft, some parts of which came in crates. In addition, officials of the National Customs Service and the National Immigration Service were present to ensure necessary documentation. The newly delivered aircraft, which are capable of being used for acrobatics training, are all brand new and fitted with digital glass cockpit.
The newly received aircraft, five in number, form the final batch of a total of 10 Super Mushshak aircraft, the procurement of which the current Federal Government Administration initiated in Year 2016. As at 2015, local primary flying training in the NAF was almost grounded thereby necessitating the procurement of the Super Mushshak Aircraft. Consequently, with the delivery of the new Super Mushshak aircraft, primary flying training of NAF pilots at 401 Flying Training School (FTS), Kaduna has just received a boost. Without doubts, the delivery of the aircraft would go a long way in helping to sustain the process of building capacity to effectively prosecute the counterinsurgency operations in the North East as well as other forms of criminalities in the country.
It would be recalled that the NAF took delivery of the first batch of 5 brand new Super Mushshak Aircraft on 14 July 2017, following which the aircraft were inducted and deployed for primary training of NAF pilots. Furthermore, some NAF personnel had undergone training in Pakistan, as Instructor Pilots and technicians on the Super Mushshak aircraft, as part of the contract. The delivery went without any hitches and the Ilyushin 76 Aircraft has departed from Nigeria. The newly received aircraft will now be assembled in Nigeria by a team of PAF and NAF technicians prior to test flying and formal induction into the NAF.
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Crew: two-three (student, instructor and optional passenger)
Length: 7.15 m (23.5 ft)
Wingspan: 8.85 m (29 ft)
Height: 2.60 m (8 ft 0.5 in)
Wing area: 11.9 sq m (128 sq ft)
Empty weight: 760 kg (1,676 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 1,250 kg (2,755 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Textron Lycoming IO-540 V4A5 horizontally opposed 6 cylinder, 194 kW (260 hp)at 2700 RPM (ISA conditions)
Propellers: 1× Mccauley or Hartzell, 3 or 2 blade propeller
Never exceed speed: 363 km/h (196 knots, 226 mph)
Maximum speed: 268 km/h (145 knots, 166 mph) at sea level
Cruise speed: 240 km/h (130 knots, 149 mph)
Stall speed: 96 km/h (52 knots, 60 mph) (flaps down)
Range: 814 km (440 nmi, 506 mi)
Endurance: 4 hr 15 min
Service ceiling: 6,705 m (22,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 8.6 m/s (1,220 ft/min)
Armament: Up to 300 kg (660 lb) external load carrying capability (including pylons).
The Team Manager of Nigeria Air Force (NAF) FC, Sadiq Yakubu, on Wednesday called on the Super Eagles not to be carried away by their successes during the World Cup qualifier and friendly matches.
Yakubu in Abuja said that rather the Super Eagles should build on the successes achieved during the qualifier to succeed in Russia.
He said the World Cup was more of a serious business than the qualifier and friendly matches.
He said that only total commitment and adequate preparations would guarantee the expected result in Russia.
“There is the need for team spirit, which is fundamental for an impressive outing.
‘’We need to take our victories during the qualifiers and the Argentina match behind us.
‘’I thank God we are going to play Argentina in the World Cup, this is why we need extra preparation for a victory,’’ Yakubu said.
The NAF Team Manager said it was time to break Nigeria’s previous World Cup records of not going beyond the Second Round.
He reiterated that since 1994 Nigeria had not gone beyond the round of 16, so all hands must be on deck to go beyond that stage in Russia.
Nigeria is in Group D with Croatia, Argentina and Iceland and would face Croatia in their opening match on June 16 at Kaliningrad Stadium, Russia.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has established an ultra modern gymnasium at its base in Maiduguri to improve the health status of servicemen engaged in counter-insurgency operation.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, disclosed this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the project at the Air Force Base in Maiduguri, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
Abubakar, represented by AVM Muhammadu Mohammed, the Chief of Policy and Plans in the Air Force, said the gymnasium was designed to prepare the servicemen to meet the challenges of the battle field.
“The project is intended to provide the necessary thrust for service men to contribute meaningfully towards our collective efforts at meeting the demands of national security as enshrined in the constitution.
“To encourage personnel to continue their arduous task in the frontline, there is need to provide a fitness centre where they can exercise themselves in order to maintain a balanced physical and mental alertness,’’ Abubakar said.
He enjoined the service men to ensure effective utilisation of the facilities, adding that the service has initiated various projects to enhance personnel professional competence and sacrifice.
Sadiq said that apart from Operation LAFIYA DOLE, the service had been engaged and contributing to the success of various operations to enhance peace and security in the country.
He listed the operations to include Operation SAFE HAVEN, Operation AWATSE and Operation PULO SHIELD.
Sadiq tasked the service men to be steadfast and professional in the discharge of their duties so as to rid the country of security threats as well as improvement of the well being of the citizenry.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his support to the service and his commitment to end insurgency, maintain peace and stability in the country.
Also speaking, AVM IG Lubo, the Air Task Force Commander, commended the gesture, adding that it will go a long way to improve physical fitness and mental alertness of its personnel.
Lubo explained that the gymnasium was equipped with cutting edge facilities to meet the needs of its staff.
According to him, “the service has introduced sport competition to motivate its personal toward better performances.
“The Chief of Air Staff attaches priority to the fitness of personnel; it is unimaginable hence the introduction of combat sports competition in the Service.
“We thank the Chief of Air Staff for this noble project and for numerous similar ones in other Nigerian Air Force locations across the country”.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, has said that the establishment of the Special Operations Command by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has contributed immensely to dislodging Boko Haram insurgency in the north east.
Marshal Abubakar said the involvement of Special Operations by the Air Force has also effectively tackled the menace of cattle rustling, farmer/herdsmen clashes, kidnapping, militancy and other crimes in the country.
The NAF boss made the remark, on Thursday, at the opening ceremony of a two-day NAF Special Operations Conference 2017 held at the NAF Base, Bauchi.
The Chief of Air Staff, who was represented by NAF’s Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed A. Mohammed, explained that the Special Operations has repositioned the Nigerian Air Force to effectively counter Boko Haram insurgency and other crimes that threatened the unity of the country.
He explained further that worldwide, the employment of the Special Forces by the Air forces offers a multiplier in military operations in general and unconventional warfare in particular.
His words, “The Nigerian Air force as a regional force cannot afford to be left behind in training and building capabilities necessary in keeping the Force steps ahead.”
Te Air Force chief was confident that the Special Operations Command would bridge the gap between the NAF’s force projection and force capabilities.
“Moreover, the employment of the NAF’s Special Forces in synergy with its air operation and other sister services would further provide political leaders a wider gamut of military operations to effectively and efficiently contain current and emerging security challenges,” he said.
He said that the employment of special operations has been vital in sustaining the air operations in the ongoing COIN operations in the north east and a game changer in the fight against Boko Haram
“The dwindling capabilities of the dislodged Boko Haram terrorists and the reduced ability to stage sustained and coordinated attacks is evidenced of the gains of the employment of special operations in synergy operations,” he added.
The Chief of Air staff said that the conference is not only timely, but expedient as “It would afford NAF the opportunity to draw important lessons from battle field experiences and further improve and consolidate on how special forces could better be conducted to ensure the highest levels of operational effectiveness and efficiently.”
Earlier in his welcome speech, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal Ismail Kaita, said that the Special Operations Command has recorded immense achievements since its establishment a year ago.
He commended the Chef of Air Staff for his efforts at improving the human capacity development of personnel, professionalism and construction of state-of-the art facilities and infrastructure that have profound effect on the morale of NAF personnel and families.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, has explained that the establishment of the Special Operations Command by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) equipped the air force to weaken the capabilities and threats of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Abubakar said the employment of special operations has effectively tackled the threats posed by cattle rustling, farmer/herdsmen clashes, kidnapping, militancy and other crimes in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, who spoke as the guest of honour Thursday at the opening ceremony of a two-day NAF Special Operations Conference 2017 held at the NAF Base, Bauchi, explained that the special operations has repositioned the Nigerian Air Force to effectively counter Boko Haram insurgency and other crimes that threatened the unity of the country.
He explained further that worldwide, the employment of the special forces by the Nigerian Air Force offers a multiplier effect in military operations in general and unconventional warfare in particular.
According to him, “The Nigerian Air Force as a regional force cannot afford to be left behind in training and building capabilities necessary in keeping the Force steps ahead.”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced the appointment of new Air Task Force Commander for “Lafia Dole” in the ongoing country insurgency operations in the north east.
Similarly, the NAF has appointed three Divisional Air Liaison Officers (DALO) for the 3, 7 and 8, Armourer Divisions of the Nigerian Army in the Northeast to ensure a better coordination of air efforts with ground operations.
The Chief of Air Staff, (CAS), Air Marshall Abubakar Sadiq, who made this known at the opening of the fourth Quarterly CAS Conference in Abuja, also said the NAF has injected five additional combat helicopters to boost its operations and end the terrorism war in the shortest possible time.
Abubakar said the appointment of the new commander and Liaison Officers is to inject new ideas and boost communications and intelligence gathering towards “a better coordination of air efforts with ground operations.”
The NAF, chief, while noting that the NAF is restrategizing to further limit the possibility of gaps in the terrorism war, said the NAF has equally trained some of its Regiment personnel as additional Special Forces and deployed them to the Northeast for operations alongside other surface forces.
He also said for the first time in the history of the NAF, a female pilot, is on her way to the United States Air Force for training as a fighter pilot, having graduated as the best pilot during training at the 401 Flying Training School, in Kaduna.
Abubakar said the conference is aimed at appraising progress made so far in the service and as well obtain fresh ideas from bottom to the top to move the NAF forward and enjoined the participants comprising Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding and Field Commanders to be frank in their contributions, identify challenges and proffer ways of moving the NAF forward.
The NAF chief while listing the achievement of the service said: “The NAF had activated additional platforms which had been deployed for operations in the Northeast. For example, one Bell 412 Helicopter had been activated while work on the second one would be completed before the end of the month.
“One Mi-35P Helicopter is being reactivated and should be ready for operation by January 2018 ending. The overhauled engines needed for the reactivation had already arrived in Nigeria. The reactivation is done locally to further build the capacity of NAF technical personnel and also save cost. So, foreign technical experts had been invited to execute the project in conjunction with NAF engineers and technicians.
“Total of five combat helicopters are added to the NAF counterinsurgency efforts. The Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of C-130H Aircraft had commenced in Lagos. Also going on locally by foreign technical experts with NAF personnel for capacity building. Similarly, the Service life of C-130H aircraft NAF 913 has been successfully extended. The efforts are to boost the strategic and operational airlift capability of the NAF.”
The Nigerian Air Force on Thursday assured that it would keep Mammy Markets in its barracks free of criminals in the interest of the personnel and their families.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, gave the assurance while inaugurating a modern Mammy Market facility at Sam Ethnan Base in Ikeja, Lagos.
Abubakar, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Yahaya, said there would be no more room for criminal elements in the facility across the country.
“There will be no more room for criminal elements to be haboured as the facility is designed to professional standards with adequate provisions to cater for all our social needs.
“It is no secret that we live in perilous times with several challenges.
“The impact of global socio-economic challenges on our daily lives further includes domestic stress rising from demand and supply of our daily needs,” he said.
Abubakar said that the daily needs underscored the need for a modern mammy market with standard facilities to satisfy the needs of personnel and other beneficiaries from our host community.
“It is against this backdrop that the Nigerian Air force (NAF) Properties Company Ltd. embarked on aggresive project to provide better mammy market facilities in NAF bases around the country,”he said.
According to Abubakar, personnel and the NAF immediate friends would be given prime priority to acquire and operate the new mammy market facilities.
Earlier, the Managing Director, NAF Properties Limited, Air Commodore Musa Tanko, said that the facility would provide services and support to personnel, families and members of its host community in Lagos.
“Its a truism that welfare is a morale booster to personnel. This I believe underlies the infrastructural development drive of this present administration.
“Consequently, one of the key drivers of the CAS in achieving his vision is to reinforce a culture of self reliance and prudent management of resources.
“NAF Properties Limited keyed into the vision of the CAS by desiring to construct about 400 locked up shops with modern market facilities to serve NAF personnel in Lagos and its host community,” he said.
He said that the ground-breaking and foundation laying ceremony officially marked the beginning of construction.
“It is therefore no gain saying that the construction of the market is in line with the current administration’s highly laudable efforts to improve personnel’s welfare and quality infrastructural development of its personnel,”he said.
He said that the essence of constructing the market was to provide support and reduce stress in terms of proximity and timeliness to their daily needs.
“This will greatly reduce the chance of personnel and their families going to town for purchases or engaging in business activities,” he said.
The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said on Saturday that it has neutralised and set ablaze many Boko Haram structures in Urga area near Konduga in Borno State.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Olatokunbo Adesanya, an air commodore, made this known in Abuja.
Mr. Adesanya explained that an air force component of Operation “LAFIYA DOLE” conducted an attack on a location in Urga area close to Konduga.
“Previous intelligence reports, gathered through Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions by NAF ISR platforms, had indicated the presence of a large number of insurgents in Durwawa settlement in the outskirt of Urga.
“Accordingly, one Alpha Jet aircraft was detailed to carry out air interdiction on the target and overhead the location, the aircraft acquired and attacked the target twice with bombs.
“Subsequently, Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the aerial attack set off a fire, causing damage to the insurgent’s structures within the settlement and neutralizing most of the insurgents while a few of them fled the location”, he said.
The director explained further that the aerial attack by NAF was in furtherance of efforts at ensuring the complete decimation of the insurgents by not allowing them to continue their terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians.
The Nigerian Air Force has deployed two attack helicopters in the ongoing military exercise, Operation Crocodile Smile II, in the South-West and South-South regions.
It was learnt that the aircraft, Agusta LUH and EC135 helicopters, would be joined later on with the Alpha Jets and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms.
This was disclosed by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, in an interview on Friday.
Operation Crocodile Smile II was launched last Friday, October 13, in Lagos State by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. -Gen. Tukur Buratai, and would last for four weeks.
The exercise, which covers 2, 6 and 81 Divisions of the Army, had been threatened by groups, including the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which claimed that the operation had a political objective to harass people in the regions.
The 81 Division on Tuesday announced that it arrested 40 suspects for various offences in Lagos and Ogun states.
The spokesperson for the 81 Division, Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, who said in Lagos that the suspects included drug peddlers, cult members and car snatchers, noted that some of them had been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
The NAF Spokesman, Adesanya, said on Friday that the air force had also deployed fighter aircraft for the operation.
He said, “We have deployed air assets to the army operation. We deployed Agusta 109LUH helicopter and the ATR-42. At the appropriate time, the ISR platforms and the Alpha jet will be called in.”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), says it has deployed some of its fighter jets and personnel to Jos, the Plateau State capital, to curtail the senseless killings of innocent persons there.
It also says the deployment is to stop the possible spread of violence which erupted few days ago to other parts of the State and support security outfit of Operation SAFE HAVEN.
Director information and Public Relation Air Commodore Adesanya Olatokumbo, who made this known in a statement, said the “deployment was ordered by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in compliance with the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that an end is put to the current spate of violence and killings in the state.”
The deployment is also to ensure the prevention of reprisal attacks, which could escalate the conflict.
The NAF spokesman, listed the deployed air assets to include the L-39ZA aircraft and the EC-135 helicopter, which he said are to provide necessary air cover to the surface forces participating in the Operation in the State.
He said “the NAF has always acted in aid of civil authority, whenever called upon to do so, in line with its statutory role.
“The NAF, apart from its presence in the North East to fight Boko Haram insurgents, has also deployed its air assets and personnel in recent times to Kafachan in Southern Kaduna and Takum in Taraba State to stop incessant communal clashes.
“The NAF remains focused on its primary responsibility of ensuring the security of the citizenry while continuing to count on their support and understanding.
The Commandant, National Defence College, (NDC), Rear Adm. Adeniyi Osinowo, has commended the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at fighting insurgency and other forms of criminalities in the country.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
“The Commandant, who was on a courtesy visit to the NAF Headquarters in Abuja, also seized the opportunity to appreciate NAF’s continuous support to the College.
“He cited the airlifting of staff and participants of the college during its study tours as well as the NAF’s administrative support toward meeting the manpower needs of the college,” he said.
Osinowo stated that he was at the NAF Headquarters to identify with the successes so far recorded by NAF under the leadership of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
According to him, the college is currently focusing its research efforts on addressing pertinent security challenges confronting the country.
He added that efforts were ongoing to reposition the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS) to support Federal Government and the Armed Forces in proffering solutions to the nation’s challenges by offering policy options.
The commandant also said that the college would work toward improving synergy with other institutions of strategic studies such as the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).
This, he said, would enable the college to proffer solutions to the nation’s strategic issues.
Responding, Abubakar stated that NAF took particular interest in the NDC being one of the institutions saddled with the responsibility of producing the nation’s strategic leaders.
The CAS urged the college to be innovative in addressing the nation’s security challenges to ensure a stable country.
He also commended the college’s planned efforts at fostering closer relationship with other institutions of strategic studies, which he noted, would facilitate synergy to the country’s advantage.
Abubakar assured the Commandant of NAF’s continued support as might be required, and wished him well in his new assignment.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has urged its personnel and soldiers to be combat ready and get fit for deployment to quell insurgency and emerging security threats in the country.
The Commander, NAF Enugu, Air Commodore Paul Masiyer, gave the advice after a quarterly route march of NAF’s officers and soldiers in Enugu on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NAF personnel were joined by members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the exercise.
Masiyer said that the essence of the physical exercise was to keep troops in shape and combat ready at all times.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said it is it mandatory that each personnel of NAF must participate in this exercise today.
“The essence is to keep NAF officers and men combat and operational ready for deployment at any moment against insurgency and other emerging security threats and challenges in the country,’’ he said.
According to him, the invitation of para-military and NYSC members to participate in the exercise is aimed at promoting cordial military-civilian relationship, in the state and beyond.
“We want to promote comradeship and spirit of oneness with the public and sister security agencies to create understanding and seamless interface for quick result whenever we carry out joint or unilateral internal security duties,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the officers and soldiers marched in five units along the Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Abakaliki Roads notwithstanding the cold weather as they engaged in stretch and push-up exercises.
The exercise, which started with medical check-up of officers and soldiers lasted for four hours.
The Nigerian Air Force has administered free treatment to no fewer than 200 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the flood in Benue.
Squadron Leader Jeremiah Amase, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Makurdi that some of the patients were suffering from hypertension, Malaria, diarrhea, upper and lower respiratory infections among others.
The Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, had earlier inaugurated the “Medical Outreach Programme” to assist IDPs as part of the Nigerian Airforce’s (NAF) social responsibility to the people of the state.
Amase explained that the over 200 patients attended to responded to treatment.
He said that the clinic had not received any case beyond the medical team’s capability and commended the efforts of medical doctors from the Benue State University Makurdi for their collaboration.
He, however, disclosed that the major challenge facing the camp was lack of water and poor sanitation system which he said was being addressed.
NAN reports that the NAF is collaborating with the State Government, UNICEF and other international and local organisations to assist the flood victims.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has described late NAF instructor pilot, Group Capt. Adanu Ochai, who died in a plane crash in Kaduna, as a hero who contributed immensely to the nation.
Abubakar made the remark when he led senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in Kaduna.
A statement by the NAF Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, on Tuesday in Abuja, said the air chief pledged to support the family left behind by Ochai.
Late Ochai was the sole pilot on board the NAF Air Beetle aircraft which crashed in Kaduna on Aug. 24.
“During the visit, prayers were said for the family of late Ochai as well as for the repose of his soul.
“While speaking with Mrs Ochai, the wife of the late instructor pilot, Abubakar said that late Ochai was a hero who died in the service of the nation while doing what he was passionate about.’’
Abubakar added that the deceased was an excellent pilot who had trained several officers who knew nothing about flying to become reliable NAF pilots.
According to him, the late instructor had greatly contributed to the development of NAF, the latest being the record graduation of pilots who completed primary flying training as cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
The chief of air staff assured the widow that NAF would never forget her husband’s enormous contributions and would cater for the welfare of the family he left behind.
The Nigerian Air Force is restructuring to effectively deliver on its responsibilities to the nation, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, has said.
Sadique made the remark on Friday while celebrating Eid El-Kabir with officers and men of the Air Component of Operation “Lafiya Dole” in Yola Air force base.
He said that with the restructuring, the NAF would be better placed and equipped to deliver on its responsibilities.
“We are restructuring and that’s why we have two more commands; Special Operations Command and Ground Training Command.
“Very soon in all our units no technician will go for guard duty.
“We are building capacity in terms of having the required number of Special Forces so that those trained as special force will take over the defence of the base so that technicians concentrate on maintenance of aircraft.
“Right now we are training 450 special forces in Kaduna in phases,” he said.
The CAS said that with the ongoing training and retraining of Air force personnel to meet current challenges, the era when flying officers and lieutenants learn how to fly would soon be over.
He said: “we will continue to build the capacity of our instructors and also ensure that we have sufficient air plane to conduct the primary flying training.
“This will enable every student pilot that is admitted into the School complete his or her training as a cadet like we used to have in the 80’s.
“We are also building capacity in terms of tactical training for fighter pilots.
“I have just been informed that the 2nd batch of pilots going to fly with the Egyptian Air Force will be leaving very soon.”
Sadique, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of his men in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, urged them to redouble their efforts.
He said that while the terrain constituted challenges to other sister agencies, it should not be so in the deployment of air power.
The Commanding Officer, Tactical Air Command, AVM M.A. Idris, Head of Training, AVM A. Balogun and Air Commodore Abdullahi Kassim, Commander, NAF Yola Base, lauded the CAS for his commitment to professionalism and the welfare of officers and men.
A 10-man Nigeria Air Force (NAF) General Court Martial, which tried Air Craftsman Kalu Bernard over the alleged killing of his girlfriend and colleague, Solape Oladipupo, has sentenced him to death by hanging.
Bernard, 21, had shot and killed Solape when he allegedly caught her in the arms of another man at the Air Force Base, Makurdi on March 12, 2017.
Military sources indicated that Bernard, after shooting his double-dating girlfriend, was overpowered by the lover while trying to shoot him.
Flight Lieutenant. M. A. Umoh, Judge Advocate of the court, in a 70-paged narration of the case that lasted through the early hours of Wednesday, listed the eight-count charges as murder, failure to perform military duty, housebreaking and impersonation.
Others included loss of service property, disobedience of service order and prejudice to service discipline.
“The accused has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, but the prosecution has proved its case against him beyond reasonable doubt,” he stated.
In his judgement, President of the court, Group Captain Elisha Bindul, who said that the accused was found guilty in six, out of the eight-count charges preferred against him, sentenced him to death by hanging.
He, however, said that the sentence was subject to the confirmation of the conveying authority.
The defense counsel, Abimiku Ewuga, had earlier prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in its sentence, especially as the accused was a first time offender and bread winner of his family.
Speaking with newsmen after the judgement, Ewuga commended the court for being thorough, but said that he would appeal against the sentence.
On his part, prosecution counsel, Oluremi Ilori, hailed the judgement, declaring that everybody, including the deceased, would be happy with the outcome.
The Nigerian Air Force, on Thursday, said it has provided free medical services for 4,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at the Bakassi Peninsula.
The four-day medical outreach according to the NAF, is aimed at addressing the healthcare needs of the displaced Nigerians from the disputed Bakassi Peninsula, who are taking refuge at the Ikot-Effiom and Ekpri-Obutong IDP camps in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross-River State.
Aside providing free medical services to the displaced persons, the NAF, also attended to indigenes of the host community who trooped out in their thousands to benefit from the programme.
A statement by NAF, director public relations and information, Air Commodore Adetokunbo Adesanya, listed the free medical services offered to include wide range of medical tests, treatment for malaria and blood pressure in addition to fasting random sugar level and eye tests.
He said “Other medical checks carried out on the IDPs included those for various diseases and infections while treatment and drugs were administered freely to the patients. Also, treated mosquito nets were distributed to women and children.
“Those with complicated medical cases were referred to the NAF medical facilities in Calabar for secondary healthcare management”.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted five additional trainer aircraft for training of 401 pilots.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, made the disclosure in a statement Wednesday night.
The DOPRI said, among others: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday inducted 5 additional Super Mushshak trainer aircraft into its inventory for the primary training of its pilots at 401 Flying Training School (FTS), Kaduna. At the same time, 16 ab-initio student pilots, including 2 female cadets, graduated from the 401 FTS.
“It is significant to note that it was the first time in over 30 years that NAF cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna would be graduating from flying training before being commissioned as officers.
“The newly inducted aircraft, which were the NAF’s first batch of 10 Super Mushshak aircraft procured from Pakistan, were recently received by the NAF.”
he Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to unveil five new multi-task Super Mushshak aircraft into its fleet.
The NAF only recently procured the aircraft for training of students pilots.
The aircraft, which were brought into the country from Pakistan, few weeks ago, were set to be launched alongside the graduation of 16 students pilots at NAF base Kaduna, on Tuesday.
The aircraft could be used for ambulance services, aerial mapping, among others.