The Chief of Air Staff
(CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has told the troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) component of Operation Hadarin Daji that this is not the time to be complacent or assume that they have overcome the enemy.
He further told the troops that times like this call for utmost discipline, alertness, and extra focus on the task ahead.
also charged the troops to remain focused and vigilant as they make concerted efforts towards ridding the entire North West of bandits and other criminal elements.
He said: “The current onslaught against bandits and their activities has continued to yield the expected outcome hence the need to remain focused disciplined and extra- vigilant until the security situation improves”.
Air Marshal Amao also applauded them for their gallantry, dedication to duty and resolve towards ensuring that the fight against banditry in the Northwest is brought to a conclusive end.
Earlier, the Joint Task Force Commander of OPHD who also doubles as the General Officer Commanding 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General UU Bassey, briefed the CAS on ongoing operations in Zamfara State and the entire North Western area.
He informed the CAS that the operations have continued to yield the requisite results with bandits hideouts being destroyed and decimated.
Maj Gen Bassey also thanked the CAS for ensuring that the Air Component as well as the NAF Special Forces are well trained and equipped for deployment to operational areas in the zone.
“The renewed vigour exhibited by both Air and ground troops will no doubt be instrumental towards bringing the security situation in Zamfara State and environs to an end,” Gen Bassey said.
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a statement disclosed that the CAS also visited wounded airmen at the Federal Medical Centre and 207 Quick Response Group, Gusau where he assured them of NAF’s commitment towards their medical attention and complete recovery.
“It is important to note that the NAF Special Forces as well as its air element have continued to be key enablers and deciders in the fight against banditry in the North West. Indeed, in the last 2 months, several bandits have been neutralised through coordinated efforts between the air component, NAF Special Forces and other security elements in the theatre of operations,” NAF Spokesperson said.
Air Commodore Gabkwet concluded that the joint operations, which is in its critical moments, has so far seen to the dislodging of key bandits’ leaders and their followers as well as the destruction of their strongholds.