Nigerian Air Force, Niger state govt. collaborate to tackle insecurity


Air Marshal Abubakar: Sending helicopters to Niger state to tackle insecurity

In a bid to significantly curb insecurity in Niger state, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says more helicopters are to be deployed to the state.

Air Marshal Abubakar made this known when he interacted with the Niger state Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, in Minna, the state capital.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mrs. Mary Noel-Berge, the Chief of Air Staff explained that he was in the state to assess air operations of officers and men of the force in order to improve on their operations to ensure that the security challenges facing the state are addressed.

“We are doing our best to support ground troops to address the security challenges bedeviling the state. They cannot do it alone; they need our support which we are ready to provide,” said the Air Force boss.

He called on sister security agencies to work together by way of sharing relevant information to put the activities of the bandits under check.

He also said a medical team will soon arrive the state to carry out medical outreach for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in state in order to meet their health needs.

Responding, Gov. Sani Bello said he was pleased with the activities of the Nigerian Air Force, and expressed optimism that if the operation is sustained, the state will have a safer environment.

Gov. Sani Bello: Committed to a secured Niger state

He noted that the insecurity is as a result of the size of the state, adding that the deployment of combat aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force has made surveillance easier.

Gov. Bello assured all the security agencies in the state of his administration’s continued support towards having a secured state.

The governor had earlier last week met with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Y. Buratai, in an  effort to evolve more strategies towards addressing the  insecurity bedeviling the state.