Nigerian Airforce integrates air-ground operations to fight banditry, terrorism attacks

By Priscilla Campbell, Minna

The Nigerian Airforce has carried out the 2019 counter-terrorism simulation exercise in Niger State to aid fight against insecurity in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, disclosed this while addressing journalists after the exercise in Minna.
He said that integrating air and ground counter-terrorism operations would assist greatly in combating the rising banditry attacks and reducing terrorism in the country.
The counter-terrorism simulation exercise tagged, "Baban Naushi", Abubakar explained, was designed by the Nigerian Airforce to proffer lasting solutions to a number of security challenges currently facing Nigeria.
According to him, "This simulation exercise is one of the exercises the Nigerian Airforce has put together to build the required capability so that we can fully integrate air and ground operations.
"Ultimately, our desire is to perfect what we are doing here and to extend it to other sister services particularly the Nigeria Army, who we are working closely with to come and see how we can work together to deal with the problems facing our country.
"Airpower is very critical to any military operation. It has continued to play a critical role in dealing with security challenges and therefore we are happy that we have a number of assets here."
Abubakar said that the operation has enabled the Force to see how the air projection elements of the Airforce fit in terrorism operation, even as more stimulation exercise would be carried out in other parts of the nation.
Commending the Nigerian Airforce for the exercise, the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Alh. Ahmed Matane, said that with the level of precision carried out by the men of the force, they would be able to respond to any security challenge in the nation.
He explained that Niger State was confronted with a lot of security challenges in five local government areas, while appealing to the Chief of Air Staff to permit his officers to join and assist the Joint Task Force constituted by the state to fight security challenges in the affected LGs.

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