NAF Boss Charges Personnel To Remain Optimistic, Courageous

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has enjoined personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to march into 2019 with optimism.

He urged the personnel to enter the New Year with a rugged determination to perform their professional and constitutional duties.

According to News Agncy of Nigeria (NAN), Abubakar, who stated this in his New Year message to the NAF personnel yesterday in Abuja, congratulated them for entering into the New Year full of hope and expectations.

He also expressed gratitude to them for their patriotism, dedication to duty, commitment and hardwork, “as well as your countless sacrifices made in service to our great nation.”

“In the fight against Boko Haram, we saw the emergence of new tactics as well as the introduction of highly experienced and skilled fighters and technology.

“The year 2019 similarly promises to be filled with challenges and opportunities and we must gear up to make most of the opportunities for greater service delivery, whilst leveraging our collective resolve to surmount the inherent challenges.

“I, therefore, enjoin all NAF personnel to march into the future with the rugged and optimistic determination for which we are known.

“You should remain professional in the discharge of your constitutional duty of ensuring the security of our beloved nation and its good people.

“You must be courageous, take the battle to the terrorists and fight them to the finish, not minding the malicious propaganda of the terrorists and their sympathisers.

“You must also remember, in the course of your duties, to always show compassion and respect for all law-abiding citizens.

“Furthermore, as the 2019 general elections draw near, I urge you all to remain apolitical in your professional duties, and firmly resist any entreaties to be used against the interest of our beloved nation by any unscrupulous elements.

“Nonetheless, you are encouraged to exercise your legitimate rights to vote for the candidates of your choice on Election Day.

“Also of note has been the focus on improving personnel welfare and result-oriented Research and Development (R&D) which have had a marked positive impact on our operational effectiveness,” he said.

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Yuletide: Air Chief Holds Feast For Servicemen In Maiduguri

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Tuesday organised a feast to celebrate the Christmas for officers and personnel engaged in the war against boko haram insurgents in the Northeast.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, also charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) frontline troops to remain focused while maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness to guarantee the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.

The CAS gave the charge while hosting troops of the Air Task Force (ATF) Operation Lafiya Dole to a Christmas Day Luncheon in Maiduguri.

The Luncheon, which has become a tradition in the NAF, is held during major festivities to appreciate the troops and alleviate the pains of their inability to celebrate with their families.

According to the CAS, such get-togethers also help to foster comradeship while providing an avenue to commend the efforts of all those involved in the fight against insurgency.

Speaking further, the CAS, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP) NAF Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Muhammodu Mohammad, expressed delight to be in Maiduguri to celebrate with the troops.

He reminded them of the need to sustain their efforts in order to ensure lasting peace and stability in the Northeast and other parts of Nigeria.

“We all are aware that so much is at stake for us in this war against insurgency. As such, we cannot allow ourselves to be taken unawares. While thanking God for his mercies and keeping us alive to see this celebration, I appreciate all your efforts and that of our families for their unending support”, he added.

He pledged the determination of the troops to reciprocate by remaining disciplined and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

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Chief Of Air Staff Abubakar Tasks Airforce To Wipe Out Boko Haram Terrorists

Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has asked his men to deal harder and effective punches, against the remaining elements of the Boko Haram insurgency, in the North East.

The Air Chief said this when he commissioned a crew room for the air task force, in Maiduguri.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar told officers and men, that he has always sought to evolve strategies that would enable the service, adequately project air power, to effectively and efficiently deal with prevalent security threats.

One of those strategies is also to ensure that personnel welfare is given priority.

He said he is happy with the performances so far, and urged the men not to relent.

“I reassure you of our support…national economic realities permit. ”

The crew room building which houses a briefing room, library, a computer room, a pilots life-support room and bedrooms for pilots on standby among others, was formally commissioned by former Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Al-Amin Daggash.

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NAF Begins Probe Into Aircraft Crash

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has instituted an air crash investigation to determine the remote and immediate causes of its two F-7Ni aircraft involved in an air incident on Friday in Katamkpe Hill, Abuja.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two NAF aircraft had crashed on Friday morning in the FCT when they were performing rehearsal for Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary in the territory.

”Two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) F-7Ni aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the aerial display to mark Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary Celebrations were involved in an air incident on Friday.

”The air mishap necessitated the three pilots to eject from their aircraft, which subsequently crashed in the general area of Katamkpe Hill.

”Regrettably, however, one of them later died due to complications from injuries sustained upon impact on the ground. Thankfully, there were no civilian casualties.

”The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, commiserates with the family of the deceased officer.

”The CAS has also instituted an air crash investigation to determine the remote and immediate causes of the incident,” Daramola said.


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NAF Issues New ID Card To Enhance Security Among Personnel

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has commenced the issuance of a new improved Identity (ID) Card to its personnel.

The Director Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal, Olatokunbo Adesanya noted that the new ID card comes with enhanced security features, designed to help reduce the rate at which NAF ID Cards are falsified by impersonators.

Adesanya said: “The introduction of the new card was considered necessary in view of contemporary challenges of terrorism, insurgency and other associated security threats.”

He said besides, global best practices demand that such security documents be periodically reviewed.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, shortly after he was registered and presented with his new NAF ID Card, expressed satisfaction with the enhanced security features available on the new ID card.

He said: “There could not have been a better time to introduce the new ID Card, with its advanced security measures, considering the rate at which military personnel were being impersonated in recent times.”

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Dapchi Girls: Chief Of Air Staff Relocates To Yobe

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Tuesday relocated to Yobe State to supervise the search for the 110 Dapchi schoolgirls.

The presidency disclosed this in a message posted on one of its verifiable Twitter handles, @NGRPresident.

“Today (Tuesday), Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal @CAS_AMSadique relocated to Yobe State to personally superintend the search for the missing Dapchi girls.

“The @NigAirForce had earlier deployed more platforms to the N/East, as security agencies ramp up efforts to locate and rescue the girls,” the message read.

“As of 6pm on Monday, February 26, 2018, the @NigAirForce had flown a total of 200 hours conducting searches for the missing Dapchi girls,” another message posted on the platform read.

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Air Force Deploys 5 Attack Helicopters To Fight Boko Haram

As part of strategic measures to reinvigorate the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency war in the North East, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has added that 5 combat Helicopters to ensure a better coordination of air efforts with ground operations.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja, noted that for “increased efficiency”, an Air Vice Marshal (AVM) has also been appointed to command the Air Task Force.
Besides the appointment of the 2-star-General to superintend over the air component of war against Boko Haram, the CAS said three Divisional Air Liaison Officers (DALO), had been appointed for the Nigerian Army’s 3 Armourer Division in Jos, as well as 7 and 8 Divisions in the Northeast.
According to the Air Chief, the NAF had made significant progress, with the acquisition of attack helicopters, including 2 Mi-35M helicopters, training of more pilots, who have since been deployed.
He added that this was the first time the NAF was training a female fighter pilot who, having graduated as the best among her mates, had been sent to the United States’ Air Force,for further training.
His words: “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 being 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.
“The 2 additional Mi-35M helicopters recently procured for the NAF by the Federal Government had been test flown in Russia and should be operational in Nigeria by February 2018.
“Therefore, total of 5 combat helicopters are being added to the NAF counterinsurgency efforts.”
On training, Abubakar noted thus: “A number of pilots had completed their training and deployed for operational duties.
“A female pilot, for the first time in the history of the NAF, was on the way to the United States Air Force for training as a fighter pilot, having graduated as the overall best pilot during ab-initio training at 401 Flying Training School Kaduna.”
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