By Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja
The Chief of the Air Employees (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Saturday, 30 Could 2020, paid an operational go to to Sokoto State for an on-the-spot evaluation of the safety scenario with a view to fashioning new methods for coping with the current rise in banditry actions within the State.
Throughout the go to, the CAS paid a courtesy name on the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’advert Abubakar III, and held a closed door assembly with Governor of the State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the place he assured them that the NAF, working in synergy with sister Providers and different safety businesses, would proceed to work tirelessly to rid the State of the actions of armed bandits.
The CAS additionally obtained operational briefings from the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Olusegun Philip, in addition to the Commander 119 Composite Group (119 CG) Sokoto, Group Captain Garba Bello.
He equally inspected gas and different logistics amenities on the Saad Abubakar III Airport, Sokoto, the place some NAF surveillance and assault plane have already been deployed to help the renewed offensive towards the bandits.
Talking in the course of the courtesy go to on the Sultan’s Palace, Air Marshal Abubakar expressed unhappiness over the current unlucky killing of harmless residents by armed bandits in Communities underneath Sabon Birnin Native Authorities Space (LGA) of the State.
He prayed for the peaceable repose of the souls of the departed while additionally entreating God for the speedy restoration of those that had been injured within the assaults.
The CAS disclosed that his presence in Sokoto State was additionally on the occasion of President Muhammadu Buhari, who had directed, via the Chief of Defence Employees, huge offensive operation be undertaken towards armed bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and different legal parts throughout States within the North West and North Central Zones of the Nation, together with Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Kogi, Kaduna, and Nasarawa, amongst others.
Air Marshal Abubakar stated the NAF had subsequently deployed air belongings and activated operational plans, in live performance with sister Providers, to make sure that territories throughout the affected areas are secured, to maintain the individuals and their properties protected.
He nevertheless appealed for the supply of helpful and well timed intelligence that will allow efficient and environment friendly operations to deliver the legal acts and wanton killings being perpetrated in Sokoto State and its environs to a decisive finish.
In his response, His Eminence, the Sultan, thanked the CAS for his swift response to the current tragic lack of lives in Sabon Birnin LGA, by not solely deploying air belongings and extra personnel but in addition coming personally to evaluate the scenario for himself.
He noticed that this clear present of dedication would undoubtedly give hope to the individuals of Sokoto and guarantee them that, not solely is Mr President involved about their scenario, he’s additionally taking decisive steps to take care of the difficulty.
He famous that it was evident that on account of the onslaught on the bandits in Katsina and Zamfara States, a few of them had relocated to Sokoto to start to wreak havoc within the State.
He, subsequently, highlighted the necessity for a coordinated strategy to make sure that the bandits are denied freedom of motion from one State to a different.
He equally solicited higher synergy between the Governments of Nigeria and Niger Republic in monitoring the border areas to disclaim the armed bandits protected havens.
Sultan Abubakar promised that your complete individuals of the State would proceed to cooperate with the NAF and different safety businesses by offering intelligence that will improve their operations.
He equally made an enchantment to the Federal Authorities for the supply of extra plane and gear to the Armed Forces to allow it extra successfully execute its constitutional roles.
The CAS was accompanied on the operational go to by the NAF Chief of Coaching and Operations, AVM James Gwani; Chief of Plane Engineering, AVM Musibau Olatunji, and the Air Officer Commanding Particular Operations Command, AVM Charles Owho, in addition to Administrators and different senior officers from Headquarters NAF.