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Niger Delta Nigeria Air Force deploys more men to combat militants

He said the move is part of the resolve to combat militancy and other forms of internal security challenges in the region.

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said that the Nigerian Air Force has concluded plans to deploy more personnel of the Niger Delta.

He said the move is part of the resolve to combat militancy and other forms of internal security challenges in the region.

Abubakar disclosed this on Sunday, September 4, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during his visit to NAF Mobility Command.

He said: “The planned deployment is aimed at strengthening the existing NAF manpower disposition, especially in Bayelsa and to enhance Nigerian Air Force (NAF) involvement in `Operation Delta Safe.”

“Preparatory to this deployment, new facilities were recently put in place to cater for accommodation and other welfare needs of the personnel.

“These include the construction of new blocks of accommodation for officers and men, office accommodation, airmen’s mess and provost squadron which were commissioned recently.”

According another statement signed by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, two of the airmen’s blocks of accommodation have been named after Cpl. Omaka VI and Aircraftman Ofonih EF, both of whom were killed in Bosso, Niger, during an Internal Security Operation.

Retired AVM Larry Koinyan commissioned the newly-constructed projects as the guest of honour.

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In his remarks, AVM Koinyan applauded NAF personnel for their courage and resounding successes following their renewed vigour at ensuring peace and stability in the various theatres of operations in the country.

He, however, called on the people of Bayelsa to support the Federal Government’s effort at solving the problems of the region once and for all.

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