Bayelsa - The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has disclosed plans by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to deploy additional personnel to the Niger Delta to combat militancy.
A statement from Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa on Saturday said Air Marshal Abubakar spoke in Yenagoa while on a visit to NAF Mobility Command in Bayelsa State.
Famuyiwa said the planned deployment was aimed at strengthening the existing NAF manpower disposition, especially in Bayelsa State, and to enhance the NAF involvement in Operation Delta Safe.
He said these include the construction of new blocks of accommodation for officers and men, office accommodation, airmen mess, and provost squadron, which were commissioned recently.
He noted that two of the airmen’s block of accommodation were named after Corporal Omaka V.I and Aircraft man Ofonih E.F, both of whom were killed recently in Bosso, Niger State during an Internal Security Operation.
Famuyiwa also said retired Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan commissioned the newly constructed projects as the Guest of Honour.
During the CAS’s courtesy call on Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, the governor declared support for NAF.
The Air Force deployment follows similar ones by the Army and the Navy to quell the militancy in the region which reduced the country’s oil production by half and also damaged power infrastructure.
In his remarks on Sunday, Koinyan applauded the Air Force personnel for their courage and 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.
- News 24