- Nigeria's security chief, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, is appealing to the British military to come to the aid of his men
- Baba Abubakar wants training of officers because there are threats that bases of the Nigerian Air Force could be targets for terrorists
Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, is reportedly raising a new alarm saying that the organisation’s bases in the country are under threat.
His alarm is coming days after the Nigerian Army warned its men against a possible nocturnal relationship with some politicians who plan to scuttle the nation’s democracy.
Abubakar is thus asking the British Military Assistant Team to help train Nigerian Air Force personnel on how to secure its bases and equipment.
Vanguard reports that while speaking at the Base Defence Planning Retreat at Air Force Base, Kaduna on Thursday, May 25, Abubakar urged officers and men of the organisation to be vigilant.
“We have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases.
“Given the importance of bases in the airpower delivery matrix, it is not inconceivable to expect our adversaries to target our bases.
“The evolving security environment globally and, indeed, our nation has become complex and most times unpredictable.
“We are faced with a myriad of security challenges, ranging from terrorism to militancy, kidnapping to economic sabotage.
“On assumption of office and with the need to develop a robust base defence concept in view, we carried out a review of the then base defence concept,” the air chief said.
“The conclusion was that the erstwhile base defence concept, with its emphasis on emplacing static guards at identified key and vulnerable points, was no longer tenable and sufficient to respond to our contemporary threats,” he added.
According to him, the Air Force has introduced a new base defence concept and this is premised on the development and deployment of an air-minded ground defence force, trained and equipped as special light infantry and capable of operating both inside and outside the base perimeter against contemporary threats.
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He said: “The facilities we just commissioned are supposed to be for training of base defense force or critical assets protection force. You know you can have air planes, if the base is not properly defended, you will still run into problems.
“We saw that in December 2013 when our base was attacked in Maiduguri and some air asset destroyed. We don’t want that to happen again.
“So, what we have been doing all the while is to build the capacity of base defense.
“We have identified a few gaps which we are working hard to ensure we close and transform them into something positive for our country.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com has reported that considering the security challenges currently being faced in the country, the 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.
Watch this video of the bombardment of a Boko Haram base by men of the Nigerian Air Force recently: