Air Force Personnel Solape Oladipupo, shot dead by boyfriend, buried in Lagos [Pictures]

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel ACW Solape Oladipupo, 21 who was shot and killed by her estranged boyfriend Lt. Kalu B.A. has been buried in Lagos.

The Ogun state indigene was interred at the Air Force Cemetery, Ojo Barracks, Ojo, Lagos State on Thursday.

Kalu accused the deceased of having affairs with other men, and had written a suicide note, describing her as a witch. He wrote of his plan to kill himself after killing Solape.

He however did not kill himself and is currently being held by Air Force authorities who say a psychiatric test will be carried out on him before his eventual dismissal and prosecution.

The tragic incident took place on March 12, 2017 at the Air Force Base in Makurdi, Benue State.

The couple had met on the parade ground at the base.

The corpse arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at about 9AM on Thursday, and Solape’s family members were called to identify her.

According to the deceased’s sister, Jolaade Oladipupo: “After the corpse arrived around 9am, five of us were asked to step forward to identify her. She was dressed in the air force ceremonial uniform. We were in tears and I felt like asking her to wake up and follow us home. The military authorities asked us if she was the one, and we said yes.”

“Then she was put into a hearse and we went to the Ojo Cantonment, where they also had  a parade and a 21-gun salute. It was an emotional moment for the family,” Jolaade added.

Jolaade said that the family is calling for justice, adding that Solape had always wanted to join the Force.

“She had always wanted to join the force. She was a strong girl and always fought for people’s rights. Before she joined the air force, she had applied to join the police, the army and navy,without any success. She didn’t give up until her application to the air force succeeded.

On the night that she was killed, we had earlier spoke and I advised her to further her studies in order to get accelerated promotion in the air force. She told me that she had told her boyfriend that she didn’t have time for any relationship and that she wanted to concentrate on her studies. She said she planned to buy the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination form. That was the night that the man killed her,” Jolaade said.

 

Tragedy at Nigerian Airforce Base, Makurdi as airman kills girlfriend

A non-commissioned officer of the Nigerian air force identified as Kalu BA has killed Oladipupo Solape, his lover and colleague.

The incident occurred at the Nigerian air force base in Makurdi, Benue state capital, in the wee hours of Sunday.

Less than two months before ending the love sojourn, the young officer, declared: “She’s everything to me.”

But on Saturday night, he took to his Facebook page to write: “My last night as an airman…. ask about me later and hear my story… you would b surprised.”

Earlier he had written: “RIP young blood… I wish myself that.”

And early on Sunday, he wrote: “4:36,” probably in reference to the time he took her life.

The motive behind his action is unclear, but there are reports that he decided to do so because he found out that she was dating a senior military officer.

While their relationship lasted, Kalu posted information about their private lives on social media, and tagged her on virtually all his posts on Facebook.

On January 20, he wrote: “Taking nice pix with my bae is my hobby,” and to prove this, he posted many of such photographs on Facebook.

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Kalu with his estranged lover

That same day, he went down memory lane recalling how he met his estranged lover.

“It all started with a ‘Hello’. I remember vividly that Monday morning on the parade ground. Seeing such a beauty, pondering on what’s right to say to her. Everyone’s eyes were on her but my eyes were bigger,” he wrote.

“I was over blown by the wind of bravado, standing next to her. It was all about me looking like the beast while she was the beauty but today beauty fell in love with d beast and they both live happily ever after.

“My love story!!!”

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Lieutenant Kalu

Kalu gave the impression that he took his own life, but Ayodele Famuyiwa, spokesman of the air force, said he had been arrested.

He explained that Solape died at the hospital where she was rushed to.

“An airman and an airwoman were involved. They had a love relationship which resulted in the shooting. We do not yet know what transpired between them,” PUNCH quoted him as saying.

“She was initially rushed to NAF hospital, but when it was beyond their control, she was transferred to the state hospital where she died. The body has been recovered to our base now.

“The boy (Kalu) has been arrested. He did not die. The post on the social media is mere speculation. He is alive and in custody. Investigations are ongoing into the incident. We will unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.”

Officer injured as Boko Haram shoots air force jet in Borno

Boko Haram insurgents attacked a helicopter belong to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Borno state on Wednesday.

According to Ayodele Famuyiwa, spokesman of the force, the helicopter the incident happened at Gwoza.

Famuyiwa said the aircraft was conveying personnel on medical outreach programme from Maiduguri to Gwoza, when it came under attack.

He said the insurgents shot the Mi-17 helicopter, but that there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound.

“Nevertheless, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and from its destination to enable the outreach programme continue uninterrupted,” Famuyiwa said.

“Following the attack, the NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat.

“Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of BHTs were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.”

He said the force had been conducting medical outreach in the north-east as part of its humanitarian support to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

EFCC Re-Arraigns Ex-Air Force Chief Umar Over N9.7b Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigned former Chief of Air Staff Mohammed Dikko Umar on Wednesday before Justice Nnamdi Dimga at the Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja on a 7-count charge of money laundering and procurement fraud amounting to N9.7 billion.

According to the EFCC, Mr. Umar, who served as Chief of Air Staff from September 2010 to October 2012, allegedly withdrew N700 million from the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) account to purchase a house at No. 14 Vistula Close, off Panama Street in Maitama, Abuja.

He also reportedly stole N500 million from the NAF account to buy a four-bedroom duplex at Road 3B Street 2 in Mabushi Ministers Hill, Abuja. Additionally, Mr. Umar allegedly took N250 million from the NAF’s coffers to buy a property at No. 14, Audu Bako Way, GRA, Kano State in 2011, the EFCC said.

The offenses violate Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011.

The EFCC reports that one of the charges reads:

“That you, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, whilst being the Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force between September 2010 to October 2012 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the court, directly converted the United States Dollars equivalent of the aggregate sum of N4,846,630,000.00 (Four billion, eight hundred and forty six million, six hundred and thirty thousand naira) only removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity, to wit, criminal breach of trust and corruption, and you thereby committed an offense contrary Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”

Mr. Umar pleaded not guilty.

His attorney, Hassan Liman, moved for a bail application on self-recognition, arguing that his client had been granted bail when he was docked on May 11, 2016.

EFCC counsel Sylvanus Tahir opposed the bail application, but Justice Dimgba ultimately granted Mr. Umar bail, saying he should continue with his earlier bail condition and produce two sureties of either civil servants or businessmen with landed property at any satellite area in Abuja. Should Mr. Umar fail to honor his bail condition, he will be remanded in prison custody, the judge added.

He then adjourned the case to February 13 and 14, 2017.

BBOG releases findings on Sambisa Forest tour

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) delegation that went on tour of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State has made public its observations.

Led by its convener, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili in company of Aisha Yesufu, Ibrahim Usman, a representative of Chibok community, Dr. Manasseh Allen as well as local and foreign media organisations, the group embarked on the January 16 and 17, 2017 guided exercise led by the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and his Information and Culture counterpart, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

In their report, the delegation confirmed interacting with the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), just as they expressed satisfaction at the personnel and equipment on ground.

“Furthermore, the presentation by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on the training and human capital development strategy of the force enabled us to appreciate its plans for the future. We saw that data, knowledge and information analysis play a significant role in the strategy of NAF prosecuting the air component of the war.

“Our exposure to the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and the technical room of NAF indicated the level of adoption of technology in the prosecution of the war,” the report read in part.

The BBOG team also appreciated the synergy between NAF and the Nigerian Army, which prosecutes the ground component of the offensive.

The report added: “We were provided data and imagery evidence to show that the search for our Chibok girls and other abducted citizens is a daily activity by NAF. The data sheet showing the summary of all search operations was displayed with the following key data points over the last 18 months: Total missions to Sambisa General Area – 2,105, number of sorties— 3,534, time/hour of flight – 6,323, fuel cost: Over N2.4 billion.”

According to the group, the three-hour search flight on the ISR medium at 15,000 feet, provided members the opportunity to have a clear view of the Theatre of War in the once dreaded forest.

 

Source: Guardian

UPDATE: Nigerian air force ‘overflies The Gambia’ as ground troops prepare to strike.

The Nigerian air force is flying over The Gambia, an official said, as African troops prepare to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his December election defeat.

“I confirm that the armed reconnaissance air force are over Gambia,” Nigerian Air Force spokesman Ayodele Famuyiwa told AFP. “They have the capacity to strike.”

Human Rights Watch Asks Nigeria To Compensate Victims Of Accidental Bombing

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked the Nigerian Government to compensate victims of the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camp in the northeast who were mistakenly bombed by military jets.

 

The attack took place on Tuesday near the border with Cameroon, where the military engaged in what it called its ‘final push against Boko Haram’.

 

A senior researcher at the HRW in Nigeria, Mausi Segun, said that “prompt, adequate and effective compensation” was needed, even though there was no evidence of a willful attack on the camp.

 

She added that the “Victims should not be denied redress merely because the government decided the bombing was accidental”.

 

The military had insisted that the incident did not occur in an IDPs’ camp as reported in some quarters, but a settlement said to be occupied by civilians.

 

The spokesman for the military, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, admitted that it was an error deeply regretted by the military.

 

He explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists before the unfortunate occurrence took place.

 

Source: Channels TV

Accidental Bombing: Red Cross Assures Continuous Support.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has vowed to continue humanitarian aids to the Northeast, Nigeria.

 

This comes as six of the ICRC workers were among those killed in the accidental airstrike, that left over 50 people dead and many injured in Rann community, Borno State.

 

The Red Cross said that it is coordinating medical emergency efforts with the authorities and other aid agencies.

 

According to Reuters, the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) promised to work with the Nigerian Military to ensure such tragedy does not happen again.

 

“At least 52 people were killed and 120 wounded.”The organization’s medical and surgical teams in the region are preparing to treat evacuated patients,” An MSF official, Tim Shenk said.

 

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of the dead and the Borno state government on the tragedy.

 

The President received with deep sadness and regret, the error committed by some troops of the Nigerian Air Force.

 

He also pledged the Federal Government’s assistance to the state government in what he called a “regrettable operational mistake”.

 

However, the Nigerian Air Force says it regrets an accidental air strike by its troops in Rann area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

 

The apology was contained in a statement issued by the force’s spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.

 

The force condoled with the families of the dead, stressing that the ill-fated occurrence was extremely regretted.

 

The statement read: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is saddened by today’s accidental air strike by its fighter jet at Rann in Kala Balge area of Borno State in which some innocent lives were lost.

 

“The NAF commiserates with those affected and their families and would update the public as soon as detailed facts emerge from the investigation”.

 

Source: Channels TV

Defence Minister establishes Airforce unit in Zamfara State.

The Honourable Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali today laid the foundation stone for the establishment of a unit of the Nigerian Air Force in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State. The new unit is named 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) and was established about two months ago under the Special Operations Command with Headquarters in Bauchi.

 

The establishment of the Unit is intended to consolidate the presence of the NAF in the North West region of the Country with a view to better position the Service to combat emerging security challenges.

 

Addressing the gathering at the foundation laying ceremony, the Honourable Minister stated that the purpose of establishing 207 QRG Gusau is to consolidate on the gains so far recorded in the fight against insurgency while leaving no gap in the security architecture of the Nation.

 

In his words, “the establishment of a quick response group in Gusau is part of efforts at consolidating on the current gains in the fight against insurgency and other forms of crime in the Nation. It is on the premise of this consolidation that the scope of operations and expansion of the Nigerian Armed Forces are being considered in order to leave no gap in the security architecture of our nation,” the Minister said.

 

While making his remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Mshl Sadique Abubakar disclosed that the NAF intends to deploy men of its Special Forces to the Unit to enable it provide timely and efficient response to meet the Nigerian national security imperatives in the North West region.

 

“Once fully activated the Unit would ensure the containment of ethno-religious crisis, terrorism, cattle rustling, armed banditry and other acts of violence” the CAS said. Meanwhile, the Governor of Zamfara State, Hon Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has eulogized the initiative by the Federal Government to establish a NAF Unit in the State, noting that the establishment of 207 QRG would go a long way to complement existing military and paramilitary outfits in Zamfara State while boosting the combined efforts at maintaining security.

Nigerian Air Force Promotes 78 Senior Officers

The Air Force Council has approved the promotion of 78 senior officers to the next higher ranks in the Nigerian Air Force.


The promotions comprise 14 Air Vice Marshals, 19 Air Commodores and 45 Group Captains.
Those promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal include the Air Component Commander OPERATION DELTA SAFE, Paul Dimfwina; Commander Presidential Air Fleet, Saddiq Kaita; Director of Legal Services at the Defence Headquarters, Mahmoud Ahmed; Chief of Accounts and Budget at Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Clement Ogbeche and; Principal Air Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff, Abubakar Bagare.

Others include Mohammed Idris, Charles Oghomwen, Napoleon Bali, Remigus Ekeh, Abdulganiyu Olabisi, Ibukun Ojeyemi, Bello Garba, Tunde Awoyoola and Cletus Udeagulu.

All those promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal were Air Commodores.

The officers elevated to the rank of Air Commodore are Group Captains Hassan Abubakar, Tajudeen Yusuf, Ebinbowei Yinkere, Abubakar Adamu, Ibikunle Daramola, Ilemobola Amodu, Abubakar Abdulkadir, Sunday Aneke, Bgmibgbmitawuza Solomon, Lanre Oluwatoyin, Ayoola Jolasinmi, Titus Dauda, Olanrewaju Shobande, Sani Rabe, Dominic Danat, Anthony Nweke, Sayo Olatunde, Nanjul Kumzhi, and Bukkan Sani.

The spokesperson for the Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the promotions were in line with one of the key drivers of the vision of the Chief of the Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, an Air Marshal.
“As an annual exercise, the NAF undertakes promotion exercise to motivate officers and men towards rededicating themselves to duty, the Service and the nation at large,” Mr. Famuyiwa said in a statement Friday.

“While those promoted to Group Captain rank have already been decorated in their respective units, the decoration ceremony for the 33 newly promoted officers of air ranks has been scheduled for Wednesday 14 December 2016 at the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Abuja,” he said.

Nigeria Air Force personnel ?kill man ‘over prostitute’

A 60-year-old man was on Tuesday killed at a brothel in Maiduguri, Borno State, after a quarrel with some personnel of the Nigeria Air Force.

The fight occurred at a popular brothel located in Simari area of Maiduguri.

Witnesses said the victim, Ibrahim Bulama, was shot dead by soldiers after they clashed over a woman at the brothel.

Air Force authorities confirmed the killing, but did not clearly admit its personnel were involved in a struggle for a prostitute.

The Commander of the 105 Composite Group, Charles Ohwo, an Air Commodore, told journalists at a press briefing on Thursday that the deceased was not shot.

He said the man died when soldiers were trying to retrieve a rifle allegedly snatched from their colleague.

According to the Nigeria Air Force account, the soldier, Kamal Usman, a Lance Corporal, was on his way home from his duty post when he ran into people having an argument.

He said the armed personnel was trying to find out what happened, when his rifle was snatched.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that, on Wednesday 7th December 2016, an airman, Lance Corporal Kamal Usman, left his duty post at about 10pm, and on his way home, when he came across some gathering near a hotel in Simari area; and in an attempt to find out what was wrong, the crowd got scared and took to their heels,” Mr. Ohwo said.

“When the airman decided to check the surroundings to find out what scared the crowd, he entered one room in the hotel and found a woman laying on a bed.

“Unfortunately, the deceased old man, Bulama mobilized some people and came back to the hotel and attacked him from the back with matchets, inflicting serious injuries on his head and snatched his rifle.

“On sensing danger, the lance corporal left and mobilized his fellow colleagues for assistance. Upon arrival at the scene, they descended on the old man, and beat him to death in the process of recovering their rifle.

“The airman is now recuperating at the air force medical facility in Maiduguri, while his colleagues who were involved in the incident have been detained pending further investigation,” Mr. Ohwo said.

Witnesses questioned the Air Force’s narratives, saying it did not explain what exactly took the armed airman to a brothel, or how exactly he got to see the woman on the bed, or what he was doing with her at the time the mob mobilised to attack him.

“The soldiers have to do their investigation very well, because all we heard was that a soldier was attacked by angry mob after the old man was killed,” said a source who asked not to be named for safety reasons.

Journalists were ushered into the military clinic at the Air Force base where the accused airman, who had deep cuts on his head, was admitted. He was cuffed by the legs.

Mr. Ohwo called for calm, promising thorough investigation into the matter.

Presidential aircraft handed over to Air Force allegedly crashes in Makurdi

The Agusta AW 101, one of the presidential jets recently handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, has reportedly crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi.

The plane, which is a medium-lift helicopter specially designed for military operations, reportedly crashed due to poor training of crew members who manned its operation, according to a report by TheNewGuru.

After the handover, the aircraft was repainted from the initial white and green to camouflage.

A source told the website that damages to the jet were significant but no life was lost to the crash.

 

Our Fighter Jets Attacked Boko Haram, Killed Scores – Nigerian Airforce

The fighter pilots of the Nigerian Air Force have killed several Boko Haram insurgents in multiple operations in the north of Borno State.

The Director, Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Grp. Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement on Tuesday that fighter jets bombarded a Boko Haram location at Kadari and killed an unspecified number of the insurgents.

Famuyiwa said that the fighter jets also carried out airstrikes on selected Boko Haram targets at Ngoshe on November 18, 2016.

He said that the airstrikes were carried out following intelligence gathered by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft which spotted a large number of insurgents under a meeting at Kadari.

He said that the attack carried out by a three-ship formation of the Alpha jet was part of the Operation Rescue Finale of the Nigerian Army.

He said, “The Nigerian Air Force fighter jets have attacked a number of Boko Haram terrorist locations in northern Borno, killing several insurgents. On 16 November, 2016, an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft reported a gathering of BHTs under a tree at Kadari.

“An Alpha jet on armed reconnaissance was called in to strike the location thus killing a number of the insurgents and causing survivors to flee in different directions. On November, 18 2016, NAF fighter jets again carried out a series of coordinated air strikes against BHT locations at Ngoshe.

“The strike, carried out by a 3-ship formation of Alpha Jets against five carefully selected BHT targets, was part of Operation Rescue Finale by the Nigerian Army. A similar air strike was conducted on another BHT location near Kangarwa on 19 November, 2016.”

He added that another Alpha jet was also in action against the insurgents at a location close to Kangarwa.

Nigerian Air Force Continues Offensive In Borno

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) last week attacked several Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) locations in Northern Borno killing several insurgents and providing cover for many of its own troops.

According to a newly declassified video of the operation made available to The Nation by the Director Of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the attacks were carried out at Kadara, Ngoshe and Kangarwa.

Active in the operations were NAF Alpha Jets, many of which was weaponised by local technicians before being deployed to the Northeast. According to Famuyiwa, on November16, 2016, an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft reported a gathering of BHTs under a tree at Kadari. An Alpha Jet on armed reconnaissance was called in to strafe the location thus killing a number of the insurgents and causing survivors to flee in different directions.

Also on 18 November 2016, NAF fighter jets again carried out a series of coordinated air strikes against BHT locations at Ngoshe. The strike, carried out by a 3-ship formation of Alpha Jets against 5 carefully selected BHT targets, was part of OPERATION RESCUE FINALE by the Nigerian Army.

In Ngoshe, the Alpha jets hit their targets five times while a similar air strike was conducted on another BHT location near Kangarwa on 19 November 2016.

In Kangarwa, based on ISR aircraft request, an Alpha Jet was scrambled for air interdiction at a location close to Kangarwa. The area was strafed with cannon at least two times. On the same day, the NAF provided ISR cover for own ground forces advancing from Ngoshe to Pulka.

NAF records another successful Counter-Terrorism Simulation at Lagos Airport. [Pictures]

The Nigeria AirForce carried out another successful Counter-Terrorism Simulation at Lagos Airport.

 

The exercise which is one of many military exercises carried out to ensure that officers are updated and refreshed on new combat skills. Terrorism has become a widespread criminal activity all over the world. As such, periodic exercises like this should be a norm so as to create preparedness of military personnel incase of an eventuality.

 

This recent exercise was certified successful by the NAF authorities. Members of the public were allowed to watch the simulation which took place at the Murtala Muhammad Airport in Lagos.

 

These among others are part of the efforts to checkmate terrorists’ activities in vulnerable public spaces. Here are some of the pictures of the exercise:

 

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FG Handovers Two Presidential Aircraft To Nigeria Airforce, Reduces Fleet To 6.

The Federal Government has handed over two aircraft in the presidential fleet to the Nigerian Airforce.

The brief handing over ceremony took place at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

The handover of the two Agusta Westland AW101 helicopters acquired on 20 Oct 2014 and 21 May 2015 respectively, effectively brings the presidential air fleet to six. The Federal Government had earlier advertised for the sale the Falcon 7x 1 and Hawker 4000 aircrafts in the fleet.

The two aircraft being handed over today possess Ballistics defence capabilities, and are equipped against certain forms of missile attacks.

Receiving the helicopters from the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Abubakar said “It is with a big sense of appreciation that I accept these helicopters into the Air Force.”

He said one of the helicopters will be configured and deployed as an Air Ambulance, while the second one will be deployed as a Troop Carrier.

“The two Helicopters will be immediately reconfigured and deployed to the Northeast for the use of Nigerian troops.”

“The Air Ambulance will carry a Trauma Unit to ensure that injured troops get immediate medical assistance during airlift”

He added that “These helicopters are some of the most sophisticated, most comfortable and most equipped in the world.”

Air Force Commences Operation ‘Forest Storm’ In Fight Against Boko Haram

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced another round of air interdiction missions codenamed ‘OPERATION FOREST STORM’ in the North East.

 

This new phase of offensive air operations is aimed at further degrading the capabilities of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in the Sambisa general area with a view to restrict the freedom of action of the insurgents as well as neutralise any threat posed to movement of own ground forces in continuing with their rescue operations. The operation, which commenced about 3 days ago on 2 October 2016, is expected to last few days.

 

During this period, the NAF would be conducting series of air interdictions to take out a number of carefully selected targets in the Sambisa Forest.

 

Meanwhile, the Air Component of OPERATION DELTA SAFE has continued to rid the creeks in the Niger Delta of illegal oil refineries and barges used for carrying stolen petroleum products. The NAF today, using the EC-135 helicopters, destroyed illegal refineries and barges along east of Isaa town, Borikiri, old Bakana as well as Bakana and Bille Communities. Armed patrol over the affected areas also showed other illegal human activities as people were seen digging bays to bury storage tanks, drums and jerry cans.

 

While urging these criminal elements to seek legitimate means of livelihood, it is pertinent to state that the NAF will not relent in its spirited effort to stamp out these acts of economic sabotage and illicit activities in the region and other parts of the country.

Boko Haram Terrorists Flee As Airforce, Army Bombard Sambisa

Aftermath of intensified Airforce bombardment and Army artillery fire on remaining hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest, the remnants of the insurgents have fleed the forest in bid to escape. Confirming the development in a statement, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman said,

“This is to inform the public that due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of the ground troops; and facing imminent annihilation, Boko Haram terrorists have been deserting Sambisa forest in droves. Usman said that as they are fleeing the military bombardment, the terrorists are trying to disperse to various parts of the country.

“The cowards are running away from their well noted enclave in Sambisa forest for their lives.

“Consequently it becomes necessary to inform the public, especially well meaning Nigerians, to be more vigilant and security conscious.

“The public are please requested to be observant and report any suspicious persons or group of persons to the military or any of the security agencies to enable timely detection and apprehension of the fleeing insurgents before they mingle with the society and commit havoc.

“We would like to reassure the public of the confidentiality of the information provided and reiterate our commitment to the clearance of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists” the statement added.

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Nigerian Air Force Bombs Mass Gathering Of Boko Haram Terrorists

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Thursday said the air component operation of “Operation Lafiya Dole” hit a “mass gathering” of Boko Haram terrorists at Wulge area of Borno State.

The air component commander of the theatre operation, “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Isiaka Amao, said this while briefing journalists in Maiduguri on today.

“The air component struck a mass gathering of Boko Haram terrorists and their leaders at Wulge.

“Report received after the strike was that it was a huge success as many terrorists were killed,” Mr. Amao said.

ISIS Militant Tweets Selfie Giving Away Location, Air Force Blows Up Entire HQ 22hrs Later

Islamic State militants like to use social media for their propaganda and sometimes, the use of social media is their undoing. According to reports, an Islamic State militant tweeted a selfie in front of an IS headquarters in Syria, bragging about how they have recently seized a new territory. Unknowingly to them, intelligence analysts in the US were able to determine the exact location the pic was taken.

A day after the selfie was posted, a coalition airstrike tore the building to shreds and killed everyone inside.

“The guys were combing through social media and see some moron standing at this command bragging about the command and control capabilities for Daesh,” Air Force General and head of Air Combat Command, Herbert ‘Hawk’ Carlisle, told The Telegraph
“Long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAM’s [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] take that entire building out. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours.

Why We Beat FAAN Official Unconscious – Air Force Officers

The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday said Muhammed Shuaibu suffered in the hands of four of its officers because he broke the rule.
Shuaibu, a Protocol Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, was tortured by some officers of the air force at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on Sunday.
But the Command Public Relations Officer, Logistics Command, NAF, Joel Abioye, said Shuaibu suffered for breaking the rule and seeking to use his position to outsmart the officers.
“The incident happened at the Departure wing of the International Airport, Ikeja, on Sunday when one Muhammed Shuaibu, a protcol officer with FAAN confronted our men on duty for challenging him for parking in a wrong place, thereby obstructing free flow of traffic.This same man had earlier been cautioned to stop allowing motorists park indiscriminately for security reason. He was instructed to move his vehicle to the designated car park at the airport.

“He, however, refused, claiming that he was a member of staff of FAAN. He is a protocol officer and I expect him to know better, considering the security challenges in the country.
“Shuaibu struggled with our men and acted violently in an attempt to retrieve the number plate of his vehicle that was removed, which is a usual practice to serve as deterrent to other motorists who park indiscriminately.
“Contrary to the report that he was beaten to a coma, it was in his attempt to retireve his number plate that he sustained injury in his nostrils. He was later taken to the 445 NAF Hospital, Ikeja, for medical treatment before he discharged himself on Monday.
“However, a thorough investigation will be carried out and if any of our men is found culpable, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against them as the Nigerian Air Force does not condone any act of indiscipline and brutalisation of innocent citizens.”
But Shuaibu, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on Wednesday, explained that it was not the first time that airport workers would be intimidated and beaten by the air force officers.
He said he wanted his attackers to be punished and his case to serve as a deterrent to other security officers who abuse the privilege of power.
Narrating the incident to our correspondent, the victim said his friend had come to the airport to pick him up when the air force officers on duty at the time removed the vehicle’s number plate.
He said when he challenged the four gun-wielding officers, they pounced on him, torturing him with their guns until he became unconscious.
 “It was on Sunday and a friend of mine came to pick me. Before he even got there, I was already waiting for him. As I got out, I discovered, the officers had removed his number plate. It was a common practice at the airport to extort strangers who did not know the rules.
“I went to meet them and identified myself as a FAAN official. But they said it was none of their business. I told the driver to let us go, that I would get it later. But he said he would not go because he could be arrested by the police.
“I went to meet them again and begged. They said if I didn’t leave the place, they would shoot me. One of them suddenly came from behind to attack me. He hit me with the butt of his gun and others joined him. They did not stop until I became unconscious.”
Shuaibu, who reportedly suffered internal bleeding, was later taken to the Aviation Clinic at FAAN headquarters, before being referred to the Air Force General Hospital on Monday after his condition worsened.
   A senior official of FAAN, who pleaded anonymity, condemned Shuaibu’s torture, saying brutality was never a way of enforcing the rule.
 “If people parked wrongly, their cars are deflated and they are made to pay a fine of N50, 000. Beating has never been part of enforcement. Removing of number plate has also never been part of the rule. The air force officials do it to extort money from people.”
Shuaibu appealed to the government to put an end to the assault, saying he wanted his case to be the end of such incidents.
“I appreciate the efforts of the media, but this is just a single case out of many others which never get any mention.“I have no plan to personally pursue a legal case, I am leaving everything to FAAN.
“But I want the government to intervene and let these assaults end with my experience.
“It has to stop and the only way to do that is to punish officers who attacked me.”