- The Nigerian Air Force trains 12 personnel of its air provost specialty in advanced dog handling techniques
- The 6-week advanced dog handlers' course was conducted at Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy in South Africa
- The air force states that the attendance of the advanced dog handlers’ course has exposed the NAF personnel to international best practices in the use of dogs for security purposes
Considering the security challenges currently being faced in the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has acquired dogs, which have been trained to detect explosives, arms and ammunitions, narcotics as well as other substances.
The Air Force has also recently trained 12 personnel of its Air provost specialty in advanced dog handling techniques to enhance their proficiency in carrying out criminal investigations and other security-related duties.
According to a statement from the Nigerian Air Force HQ, the 6-week advanced dog handlers' course was conducted at Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy in South Africa as a follow-up to the basic K9 training received at the Nigeria Police Force Dog Breeding/Training Centre Abuja.
NAIJ.com learnt that is the first time in a while that NAF personnel would receive special training in dog handling at a reputable overseas institution.
The attendance of the advanced dog handlers’ course has further boosted the capacity of the affected NAF personnel and also exposed them to international best practices in the use of dogs for security purposes. It is recalled that human capacity development through robust and result oriented training for enhanced professional performance is one of the key drivers of the vision of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, NAF stated.
The NAF Air Provost Marshal, Air Commodore Christopher Dola, represented the CAS at the graduation ceremony of the newly trained NAF personnel in Pretoria, South Africa on 20 May 2017
Air Commodore Christopher Dola has since returned to Nigeria after the ceremony.
See photos from the NAF training below:
According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com, NAF said it does not condone or encourage the violation of anyone’s human rights.
The statement signed by Olatokunbo Adesanya, the director of public relations and information, assured Nigerians that at the end of the investigations, any NAF personnel found culpable will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate laws.
In the NAIJ.com video below, Nigerian Air Force gives an update on operations against Boko Haram in 2017.