- Operation "Diran Mikiya" has been launched by the Nigerian Air Force on Monday, July 30
- AVM Samson Akpasa says it is going to be an intensive operation
- He also says it is going be a total departure from what NAF had before
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Monday, July 30 launched operation “Diran Mikiya” to flush out armed bandits terrorising Zamfara state residents.
NAN reports that AVM Samson Akpasa, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Special Operations Command (SOC), made the disclosure to newsmen on Tuesday, July 31, in Katsina.
NAIJ.com gathers that he explained that the operation would be carried out from Katsina state. Akpasa said that NAF had deployed enough operational equipment to carry out the operations.
He said: “It is going to be an intensive operation, right now we have air flat forms needed to carry out the operation. We have aircrafts like Alpha jets, Diamond 42 for surveillance, MIC 35 attacking helicopters, EC 135, Ogusta 109 helicopter, among others.
“We are expecting ground transportation equipment, already two personnel carriers have arrived; more are coming to support the operation. Never before has the Nigerian Air Force deployed such equipment against the miscreants.
“This time it is going be a total departure from what we had before, just like the name of the operation implies, ‘’Diran Mikiya’’. It is going to be a difficult time for the criminals in Zamfara state."
Akpasa revealed that the ground soldiers in Gusau, Zamfara, would also serve as the backbone of the entire operations, while the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would support them from the aerial view.
NAF also deployed K9 unit of trained dogs to beef up security at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport, Katsina, which is their operational base.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari ordered the establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke 2 to checkmate the situation in Zamfara and Kaduna states following the continued killings of citizens by armed bandits.
The Presidency tweeted: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of Operation Whirl stroke II to address the security challenges in some parts of Zamfara state and Kaduna state."
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