- The Nigeria Air Force is set to deploy 150 troops to curb insecurity in Taraba state
- The troops, the chief of air staff said, will be mainly on ground during its operations
- According to Sadique Abubakar, another 150 special forces were in Sambisa forest with troops of the Nigerian Army in the fight against Boko Haram
The chief of air staff, Nigerian Air Force, Sadiq Abubakar, says no fewer than 150 special forces will be deployed to assist in restoring security in troubled areas in Taraba.
Abubakar, an air marshal, said this in Enugu on Wednesday, May 2, when he led a delegation of senior officers of the Air Force on a visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. He said the special forces which would mainly be ground forces would leave on Thursday, May 10.
He said the Air Force was more or less interested in flying operations, but had recently shown interest in ground operations too.
The chief of air staff said that another 150 special forces were presently in Sambisa forest along with the officers of the Nigerian Army.
“Similarly, we have over 150 Special Forces that are presently operating in Zamfara state to tackle issues of banditry and other security challenges in the state.
“On May 10, we are deploying another 150 special forces which are mainly ground forces to Taraba State in order to add value to what is happening there in terms of security challenges,” he said.
Abubakar said he was in the state for the groundbreaking ceremony of the newly approved Ground Training Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force in the southeast.
“We believe that the efforts we are putting up now will provide further security for our people to be able to pursue their legitimate duties and aspirations without hindrance," he said.
Responding, Ugwuanyi commended the Air Force for its roles in providing security to Nigerians along with other security agencies.
The governor also commended them for establishing the command in the state and called for more robust relationship between the state government and the force.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Army had given special promotion to 3,729 troops of Operation Lafiya Doyle.
The promotion of these troops of the 7 Division Area of Responsibility was ordered by the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai.
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It was gathered that the official decoration of these troops participating in Operation Deep Punch II was conducted by their commanders in Bama, Chibok, Damboa, Dikwa, Gwoza, Konduga and Maiduguri respectively.
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