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New Service Chiefs Need 6 Months To Understand Nigeria’s Security System – Kalu
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New Service Chiefs Need 6 Months To Understand Nigeria’s Security System – Kalu

In January, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the new service chiefs — Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff; Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff; Awwal Gambo, chief of naval staff, and Isiaka Amao, chief of air staff. Their appointment came amid calls by Nigerians on the government to urgently address the security challenges. Speaking when he featured on Channels Television on Sunday, Kalu said the appointment of the new service chiefs will not immediately translate into improved security in the country. He made the comment while answering a question on what the national assembly was doing to address the setting up of security outfits by regions. Despite the change of service chiefs, the security situation in the country has become much worse. TheCable reported how in just ...
Missing Jet: Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Amao Lands In Maiduguri
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Missing Jet: Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Amao Lands In Maiduguri

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to supervise the search for the missing fighter plane that disappeared from radar last night. He has been briefed and all search and rescue tools have been activated in the North-east theatre of operations in order to ascertain the whereabouts of the fighter plane. The CAS, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, @CAS_IOAmao, arrived Maiduguri this morning and was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing Alpha Jet aircraft. He also urged pilots, engineers & technicians to remain undeterred & resolute in their commitment to ensuring that peace returns to the North East. Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Public Relations Director NAF It was earlier reporte...
Alleged money laundering: FG tenders before court $1m cash allegedly recovered from former Chief of Air Staff, Umar Mohammed
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Alleged money laundering: FG tenders before court $1m cash allegedly recovered from former Chief of Air Staff, Umar Mohammed

The Federal Government on Thursday March 25 tendered before a Federal High Court in Abuja the sum of one million dollars allegedly recovered from the residence of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd). The former Air Chief who was in office from September 2010 to October 2012, was re-arraigned alongside his company before Justice Inyang Ekwo on a three-count charge bordering on money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and possession of official documents without lawful authority. An agent of the Department of State Services DSS who appeared as the first prosecution witness in the case identified the three bags in which the money allegedly recovered from the former Air chief's house was stashed. According to the DSS agent, the three bags labelle...
Service Chiefs’ Appointment: Consider Igbo Too, Yoruba Elders Tell Buhari
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Service Chiefs’ Appointment: Consider Igbo Too, Yoruba Elders Tell Buhari

Some elders from the South West yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing one of their sons as Chief of Air Staff. The elders, under the aegis of Conference of Concerned Yoruba Elders, said the president’s gesture was a demonstration of his unwavering confidence in the South West to help his administration give Nigerians the much-needed security as he pledged during his campaign. CCYE National Coordinator, Prof. Olusegun Ajibola and National Secretary, Dr Catherine Adisa, urged their kinsmen to reciprocate the president’s gesture by supporting his administration to succeed in bestowing an enduring legacy of good leadership for the country. They, however, expressed reservation over what they called the continuous side-lining of their Igbo neighbours from the...
New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency
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New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency

The new service chiefs have arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to meet with critical stakeholders to brainstorm on how to tackle insurgency in the theatre of war. The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor led the delegation to arrive at the headquarters of Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri on Sunday afternoon at about 1330 hours. Daily Trust correspondent in Maiduguri witnessed the arrival of an aircraft carrying the service chiefs. They include the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. General Leo Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, AVM Awwal Gambo and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. A top security source said the visit is expected to brainstorming on how to re-strategise appro...
AVM Oladayo Amao Takes Over As 21st Chief Of Air Staff
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AVM Oladayo Amao Takes Over As 21st Chief Of Air Staff

The newly appointed Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao, has assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, would do its best to provide the support and security necessary for the Nation’s development, whilst sparing no effort in discharging its constitutional responsibilities to the Government and law-abiding citizens of the Country. The CAS stated this today, 29 January 2021, during a brief, but colourful handing and taking over ceremony held at Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF), Abuja. AVM Amao, who was appointed as the 21st CAS on 26 January 2021, noted that the NAF would sustainably and effectively employ Air Power in the protection of Nigeria's people and interests, against all enemies of the...
President Buhari Meets New Service Chiefs For The First Time
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President Buhari Meets New Service Chiefs For The First Time

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met the new service chiefs for the first time since he announced their appointment. The new service chiefs are Major-Gen. Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Air Staff. The service chiefs’ appointment comes at a time the nation is grappling with widespread insecurity.
Boko Haram and bandits have been largely curtailed – Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar
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Boko Haram and bandits have been largely curtailed – Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has said that the attacks of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast and bandits in the northwest and north-central zones of the country have been largely curtailed.   Speaking at the graduation ceremony of officers of Basic Regiment Course and Other Specialist Regiment Courses at the Regiment Training Centre in Kaduna State on Saturday January 23, Abubakar said the feat was achieved through constant push-backs by the air and ground troops of the service and other security forces, and constant deployment of well-trained personnel and equipment to theater of operations in the various ongoing military operations.   The Chief of Air Staff who stated that the Nigerian Air Force under his leadership has relentlessly pursu...
Humanitarian Minister, Sadiya Farouq Marries Chief Of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar In A Private Ceremony
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Humanitarian Minister, Sadiya Farouq Marries Chief Of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar In A Private Ceremony

About one year after grabbing the headlines for being President Muhammadu Buhari’s potential bride, Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has tied the nuptial knots with Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in a secret ceremony in Abuja. The extremely private event, which took place last Friday, was the culmination of a love affair between the two public figures that dates back to more than a year ago, it was confirmed. However, in an attempt to get at the First Lady, members of the cabal around Buhari approached her parents in a bid to have her marry the President. But with that episode now firmly behind them, Farouq and Abubakar proceeded to cement their relationship last Friday in the private...
Nigerian Air Force Produces Face-Masks And Medical Kits (Photos)
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Nigerian Air Force Produces Face-Masks And Medical Kits (Photos)

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has commenced mass production of face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to fight the coronavirus in the country. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this on Friday while inaugurating a tailoring workshop and the newly reactivated Mi-35P attack helicopter at the 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Federal Government recently appealed to tailors to commence the production of face mask to ease its shortages in the country. According to Abubakar, the tailoring workshop is a replica of a similar centre in Kaduna used for the production of personnel uniforms. “The tailoring workshop is an initiative that we started mainly for the production of service uniforms...
Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate
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Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate

A bill titled “Armed Forces Service Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe was read for the first time on the floor of the senate on Tuesday March 3. The bill which seeks to compel the president to appoint service chiefs based on the federal character principle, passed its first reading yesterday. The bill which came amid ciriticism of President Muhammadu Buhari's alleged lopsided appointments including that of the service chiefs inclusive, proposes that the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Director of Military Intelligence and the heads of other arm-bearing security agencies shall be appointed subject to recommendations by the Senate. An Armed Forces Serv...
President Buhari  Met With all The Service Chiefs
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President Buhari Met With all The Service Chiefs

President Buhari today met with all the servive chiefs in his office in the state house, Abuja. Present at the meeting were the Chief of Defence of Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff. LT Tukur .Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammad Adamu. Nigerians have called for the sack of all the service chiefs due to the high rate of insecurity in the country.
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President Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs

President Buhari today met with all the service chiefs in his office in the state house, Abuja. Present at the meeting were the Chief of Defence of Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff. LT Tukur .Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammad Adamu. Nigerians have called for the sack of all the service chiefs due to the high rate of insecurity in the country.
Air Force Graduates 2,070 Recruits To Tackle Insurgency, Banditry, Others
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Air Force Graduates 2,070 Recruits To Tackle Insurgency, Banditry, Others

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated a total of 2,070 recruits of Basic Military Training Course 40, as part of efforts to boost the operational power of the service. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and some top officers of NAF attended the passing out parade of the recruits which held on Saturday in Kaduna State. In his remarks, the air force chief explained that the new personnel were recruited to boost the fight against insurgency, banditry, and other related crimes in the country. He told the new recruits to be prepared to pay the supreme price in defending their fatherland, especially at a time when the country was facing several security challenges. Abubakar reminded the graduands about the duties of protecting the territorial integrity of th...
Insurgency: Air Force Deploys Fighter Helicopters To Kaduna, Niger
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Insurgency: Air Force Deploys Fighter Helicopters To Kaduna, Niger

The Nigerian Air Force says it has deployed its newly acquired fighter aircraft to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna and some parts of Niger state to flush out bandits from their hideouts inside the forests. This was disclosed by the chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during the commissioning of blocks of accommodation for personnel of the service on Saturday. He said that the fighter aircraft are expected to complement existing efforts being made to combat the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes in the affected states. “The helicopters inducted have already been deployed; one is already in Kaduna at the flight line, they are working very closely with the other air assets in Minna to make sure we support the efforts in Kaduna Birnin Gwari, Minna a...
President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja
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President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja

President Buhari on friday met with security chiefs At the Presidential Villa Abuja. . Present at the meeting were: . -Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu. -Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. -Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas. -Chief Of Army staff,Lt-Gen Turkur Buratai. -Chief of Defence staff, Gabriel Olonisakin. -Minister of Defence, Bashir Magash. Among others
Buratai And Sadique Abubakar Establish Military Universities In Their Hometowns
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Buratai And Sadique Abubakar Establish Military Universities In Their Hometowns

The decision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; to situate the Nigerian Army University and Nigerian Air Force University in their respective hometowns has become a topic of debate. The army university was established in 2018 in Biu, Borno State, where Buratai hails from while the proposed Airforce University will be located in Bauchi, where Abubakar is from. The Army University has already been approved by the National Universities Commission even as the Federal Executive Council gave its nod for a N2bn take-off grant for the university which would be accessed from Tertiary Education Trust Fund. Less than a year later, the Chief of Air staff has decided to replicate Buratai’s feat. In a statement rece...
Security: Buhari Receives Briefing From Service Chiefs
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Security: Buhari Receives Briefing From Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, received security briefing from service chiefs and heads of other security agencies in the country. This was even as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the monthly National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, yesterday, in Abuja. The meeting of President Buhari with the service chiefs held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting availed the leaders of the various security agencies opportunity to brief Mr. President on the security status of the nation. Taking to Twitter to announce the meeting in a tweet, Buhari’s Aide on Social Media, Laurestar Onochie, wrote; “Earlier today, @NGRPresident @MBuhari was briefed by the Service Chiefs and leaders of other security agencies on the security status of the ...
President Buhari orders Army Headquarters to investigate killing of three police officers in Taraba
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President Buhari orders Army Headquarters to investigate killing of three police officers in Taraba

President Buhari has directed the Defence Headquarters to commence immediate investigation into the killing of three police officers and a civilian by men of the 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba   The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the National Security Council, presided by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja today August 8th.    “The council also decided that the unfortunate incidents in Taraba State in Ibi, a committee will be setup under the Defence Headquarters to critically look into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.’’   Recall that the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement released yesterday Au...
Only God Can Police Our Border – Security Chiefs
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Only God Can Police Our Border – Security Chiefs

Security Chiefs yesterday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari said only God can police the country’s border. At the end of a security meeting with Buhari at the State House, Abuja, the country’s security chiefs blamed the porous border for the rising insecurity. The security chiefs including; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique. Others are National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of Department for State Service (DSS), Yusuf...
No Apologies Over Bombing Of Bandits – Yari
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No Apologies Over Bombing Of Bandits – Yari

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has warned that there was no apology over bombing of bandits and urged the Nigerian Air Force to continue to flush out the hoodlums from their hideouts. Yari alleged that some people were working against the state and warned that there was apology over alleged killing of innocent citizens during bombardment of suspected bandits’ camps in Dumburum village in Zurmi local government. The governor made the statement on Saturday when a 7-man investigation team on the matter visited him at his Talata-Mafara private residence. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state’s Council of Chiefs had a fortnight ago alleged that innocent citizens were recently bombarded through air strikes in the area by personnel of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF)...
NAF, Police, DSS Meet Over Insecurity.
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NAF, Police, DSS Meet Over Insecurity.

As part of efforts to curb the growing menace of kidnapping and armed banditry in the North-west, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will provide other security agencies with geospatial intelligence and real-time imagery in order to halt the trend. Kaduna-Abuja Highway and Zamfara State have come under the grip of bandits and kidnappers leaving a trail of blood and destruction. Following this development, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja. Details of the meeting, which were contained in a statement issued last night by NAF Headquarters, said the IGP and DG...
Nigerian Air Force To Take Delivery Of ₦2.3b Augusta 109 Power Helicopter
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Nigerian Air Force To Take Delivery Of ₦2.3b Augusta 109 Power Helicopter

The Nigerian Air Force says it will take delivery of Augusta 109 Power helicopter from Italy soon, to strengthen its arsenal for the fight against insurgency in the North-West. The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this at the 2019 First Quarter Chief of Air Staff Conference on Wednesday in Abuja. Abubakar said that acquisition of the military helicopter was part of renewed efforts of Federal Government to ensure that there was security in the North-West. He said that the focus was particularly in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states, where a new detachment had been approved by the Air Force Council. “We have already provided landing facilities there for helicopters and we have also provided fuelling facilities for the aircraft,” he said. Abubakar discl...
Xmas: Air Force Chief Holds Feast For Officers Fighting Boko Haram
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Xmas: Air Force Chief Holds Feast For Officers Fighting Boko Haram

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Tuesday, organised a feast to celebrate the Christmas for officers and personnel engaged in the war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the grand Christmas Lunch was held at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), 105 Composite Command, Maiduguri. Mr Abubakar, who was represented by Muhammad Muhammadu, the Chief of Policy and Plans, NAF Headquarters, said the gesture was to enable the personnel to celebrate the season in a happy mood. He said: “It is our tradition to host celebration of festive season for officers and personnel to foster comradeship and appreciate your efforts in the war against insurgency. “I commend your sacrifices and urge you not to lose focus; main...
We Will Soon Defeat Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militants – CAS
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We Will Soon Defeat Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militants – CAS

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, assured, yesterday, that the military will soon completely end Boko Haram, their inglorious activities as well as other criminal elements in the Niger Delta region. To achieve this, he tasked personnel of the service, especially field commanders, to maintain the current tempo with a view to actualising the onerous task. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal, Sadique Abubakar, speaking to newsmen on the update in the fight against insurgency, ts, Group Captain Gabriel Ochai, who lost his life in an air mishap involving a NAF Air Beetle aircraft on August 24, 2017 and Wing Commander Chimda Hedima, who died in Borno State during battle with Boko Haram in September 2014. Speaking yesterday, at a workshop for newly posted field commanders ...
Boko Haram: Saraki Lauds U.S. Government Over Sale Of Fighter Jets To Nigeria
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Boko Haram: Saraki Lauds U.S. Government Over Sale Of Fighter Jets To Nigeria

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commended U.S. Government for its support for Nigeria’s bid to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East through the approval of sale of A29 Super Tucano fighter jets to Nigerian Air Force. Saraki gave the commendation in response to Wednesday’s announcement by Nigeria Air Force that the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, had presented Letters of Offer and Acceptance to Nigeria. This represents the official American government’s offer to sell defence articles and services to Nigeria during a visit to Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sidique Abubakar. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, the president of the Senate said the development was a positive indication that Amer...
Osinbajo, Governors Join Buhari To Cut Birthday Cakes
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Osinbajo, Governors Join Buhari To Cut Birthday Cakes

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and some state governors on Sunday joined President Muhammadu Buhari to cut his birthday cakes. The President’s wife, Aisha, also joined them for the event that took place inside Buhari’s official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, posted a short video clip of the event on her Facebook page with the caption “President Buhari, surrounded by his gorgeous wife, friends and some members of his political family as he cuts his 75th birthday celebration cake.  Very many happy returns of the day, Sir. God bless Nigeria.” Five giant cakes were seen on the table as the President was surrounded by his wife, Osinbajo, the governors and other top government officials. The governors in...
Abubakar: Establishment Of Special Forces Weakened Boko Haram Capabilities
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Abubakar: Establishment Of Special Forces Weakened Boko Haram Capabilities

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, has explained that the establishment of the Special Operations Command by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) equipped the air force to weaken the capabilities and threats of the Boko Haram insurgency. Abubakar said the employment of special operations has effectively tackled the threats posed by cattle rustling, farmer/herdsmen clashes, kidnapping, militancy and other crimes in the country. The Chief of Air Staff, who spoke as the guest of honour Thursday at the opening ceremony of a two-day NAF Special Operations Conference 2017 held at the NAF Base, Bauchi, explained that the special operations has repositioned the Nigerian Air Force to effectively counter Boko Haram insurgency and other crimes that threatened the unity of the coun...
Counter-Insurgency: National Defence College Commandant Lauds NAF’s Efforts
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Counter-Insurgency: National Defence College Commandant Lauds NAF’s Efforts

The Commandant, National Defence College, (NDC), Rear Adm. Adeniyi Osinowo, has commended the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at fighting insurgency and other forms of criminalities in the country. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. “The Commandant, who was on a courtesy visit to the NAF Headquarters in Abuja, also seized the opportunity to appreciate NAF’s continuous support to the College. “He cited the airlifting of staff and participants of the college during its study tours as well as the NAF’s administrative support toward meeting the manpower needs of the college,” he said. Osinowo stated that he was at the NAF Headquarters to identify with the su...
Era Of Missing Equipment Gone – NAF Chief
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Era Of Missing Equipment Gone – NAF Chief

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has declared that the era of missing equipment in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), was gone for good. The CAS, who stated the position Thursday at a one-day Transparency International (TI)-facilitated NAF Leadership Workshop held at the Headquarters, Abuja, said the procurement process in the Force, have since been sanitised, to meet global standards. According to Abubakar, shortly after assuming office in July, 2015, he had established a Procurement Directorate, charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the procurement process in the NAF was transparent, aligns with extant laws as well as international best practices. Consequently, the Air Chief said third parties no longer existed in the procurement of equipment, as...
Terrorism: Service Chiefs Commence Movement Of Strategic Command And Control Center To Maiduguri
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Terrorism: Service Chiefs Commence Movement Of Strategic Command And Control Center To Maiduguri

Following the directive of the Acting President, Mr. Yemi Osinbanjo, the country's service chiefs have commenced the movement of the Strategic Command and Control Centre on the North-East to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and major theater of terrorism. This was made known in a statement signed by Major-General E.J Enenche, Director of Defence Information. In compliance with the presidential directive handed to them, the statement said, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, on Tuesday, met with the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General TY Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Theatre Commander and senior principal staff officers of the Military High Command. The meeting resulted in a briefing on the new strategic direction and operational p...
We’ve Built About 2,000 Housing Units In Two Years – Air Chief
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We’ve Built About 2,000 Housing Units In Two Years – Air Chief

The CAS spoke through the Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command, AVM Christopher Okoye, at the 46th convocation lecture of Air Force Institute of Technology in Kaduna. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Thursday said the Nigerian Air Force had within the past two years built about 2,000 housing units across its bases in the country. The CAS spoke through the Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command, AVM Christopher Okoye, at the 46th convocation lecture of Air Force Institute of Technology in Kaduna. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture, with the theme: “Contemporary Issues in Aircraft Maintenance in the 21st Century,” was delivered by Olatunji Agoro, the Director, Quality and Safety,  Dornier Aviation. Abubakar said that NAF had be...
Bad Weather Affecting Raids On Boko Haram — NAF
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Bad Weather Affecting Raids On Boko Haram — NAF

The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Tajudeen Oladele, made the announcement on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command from April to June. The Nigerian Air Force says bad weather is adversely affecting its operations in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Tajudeen Oladele, made the announcement on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command from April to June. Oladele said: “The major challenge affecting air operations at this period is adverse weather. “Thunderstorm and rainfall impacted negatively on our operations. “This is however to be expected during the...
Osinbajo Orders Service Chiefs Back To Maiduguri Over Boko Haram
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Osinbajo Orders Service Chiefs Back To Maiduguri Over Boko Haram

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed military service chiefs to move back to the Command Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State. This was the outcome of a meeting the acting president held with the service chiefs, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday. It was also decided that the military should get more surveillance devices and cameras that would be able to see distant attackers. This came three days after Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima cautioned that the Boko Haram terrorists should not be underrated. Yesterday’s meeting was attended by the Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali, as well as Chief of Defence Staff Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff Tukur Burata, Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff Ibok Ekwe Ibas. Addressing Sta...
NAF Signs MOU With UNIMAID On Research, Development
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NAF Signs MOU With UNIMAID On Research, Development

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on research/development and maintenance of aircraft. The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while signing the MoU said it had always been his desire to partner with the nation’s higher institutions of learning for research. Abubakar said: “We have highly talented Nigerians, especially in the nation’s higher institutions who could add value to the development of the society. He said that the signing of the MoU would open a new frontier in the relationship that already existed between the two parties. He recalled that in 2013, NAF signed 15 MoUs with the nation’s higher institutions of learning in the area of research/development and ma...
NAF Reactivates 2 Aircraft For Courier Delivery, Others
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NAF Reactivates 2 Aircraft For Courier Delivery, Others

The Nigerian Air Force has reactivated two of its aircraft intended to be used for courier service and airlifting frontline troops to visit their families. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this while celebrating Sallah, Monday, with troops of the Nigerian Air Force who are directly involved in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. He informed the personnel that his organization had just completed the reactivation of one Do-228 aircraft, which would be used to reintroduce courier service in the NAF. In addition, the Abubakar, according to a statement from the Airforce Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, revealed that the second NAF ATR-42 aircraft had been reactivated and would be used to...
Human Capacity Building, Our Major Priority – NAF Chief
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Human Capacity Building, Our Major Priority – NAF Chief

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has stressed that building human capacity of officers and men of the service was of top priority of the Nigerian Air Force. Marshal Abubakar stated this while commissioning 30 units of one bedroom transit flats for airmen and airwomen at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Tuesday. While noting that the human being was the most important among all the resources, Abubakar disclosed that the gesture had already been replicated in other NAF Bases including Kainji in Niger State, Port Harcourt and Lagos. “Of all the resources that we have, the human being is the most important. In terms of resources, we have the air crafts, you have all sorts of oxygen, plants and so many others. But of all thes...
British Military Team Land Arrive Nigeria To Train NAF Personnel
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British Military Team Land Arrive Nigeria To Train NAF Personnel

A team of British Military Advisory Training Team, BMATT on Monday arrived Nigeria and began training of 300 selected personnel of Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on base protection. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the training is to further equip the Nigerian Air Force personnel who protect NAF bases across the country with a view to guide against the re-occurrence of Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri base in 2013 where some air asset were destroyed. Leader of BMATT team, Commander Riss stated that the 66-man team were in the country to provide military training to selected Air Force personnel on effective way of manning their bases against any form of attack. He added that the training was premised on the long time British experience on warfare and the need to have sa...
SSS In Recruitment Scandal – Katsina 51, Akwa Ibom 5; Kano 25
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SSS In Recruitment Scandal – Katsina 51, Akwa Ibom 5; Kano 25

Nigeria’s internal secret service, the State Security Service (SSS), is enmeshed in a recruitment scandal following the exposure of a shocking lopsidedness in the composition of the new officers recently absorbed into the agency. The agency commissioned 479 cadet officers after their passing-out parade in Lagos on March 5, at a ceremony attended by the Director-General of the Agency, Lawal Daura, and the Chief of Air Staff, Abubakar Sadique, air marshall. The parade followed a nine-month training programme under the agency’s Basic Course 29/2016/17, which encompassed academic activities, insurgency/counter insurgency, intelligence operations and gathering, firearms drills and physical training exercises. But the listing of the newly commissioned cadet officers seen by PREMIUM TIME...
Judgement On Tompolo’s Suit Against EFCC, Police: Lagos Court Fixes June 19
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Judgement On Tompolo’s Suit Against EFCC, Police: Lagos Court Fixes June 19

A final judgment will be given in a suit filed against the Economic and Financial crimes commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian police force by former militant, Tompolo on June 19th, 2017. On Thursday, a federal high court in Lagos fixed June 19th to deliver Judgement on the suit filed by Chief government Ekpemukpolo a.k.a Tompolo seeking an enforcement of his rights. Tompolo, who has been a wanted man since Feb. 12, 2016, is seeking the court's protection from prosecution over an alleged N45 billion fraud. Respondents in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff, the EFCC, the Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff. Tompolo's lawyer and EFCC slug it out in court Presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun reserved judgment in the suit after heari...
List Of Top Nigerians Remanded In Kuje Prison
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List Of Top Nigerians Remanded In Kuje Prison

In time past, Kirikiri Prison in Lagos used to be the most popular prison in Nigeria but today, Kuje prison in Abuja has undoubtably become more popular than Kirikiri. The reason is not far fetched. This is because the prison has played host and is currently playing host to quite a good number of prominent Nigerian politicians, entrepreneurs, activists, crusaders to mention but a few. Here is a list of prominent Nigerians that has slept in Kuje prison: 1. Olisa Metuh (National Publicity Secretary of PDP) 2. Abba Moro (Former Minister of Interior) 3. Charles Okah (A one time spokesperson of MEND and alleged mastermind of Independence Day Bomb blast in 2010) 4. Nnamdi KANU (Leader of the Indigenous People of Biagra, IPOB) 5. Raymond Dokpesi (Chairman of DAAR communications)...
EFCC Hands Over Amosu’s $2.15m Hospital To Air Force
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EFCC Hands Over Amosu’s $2.15m Hospital To Air Force

A hospital with medical equipment worth about $2.15m which was seized from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), has been handed over to the Nigerian Air Force. The hospital, St. Solomon Hospital, which is located on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, is said to have state-of-the-art equipment including a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine which costs well over $1m. A reliable source at the EFCC told our correspondent that the EFCC could not manage the property and therefore decided to hand it over to the Nigerian Air Force medical unit. He said, “The hospital has very expensive equipment including an MRI machine which is very rare. However, we could not manage the hospital so we handed it over to the air force pending the outcome of Amosu’s trial. It is a...
Service Chiefs Brief Osinbajo, Pledge Loyalty To Buhari
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Service Chiefs Brief Osinbajo, Pledge Loyalty To Buhari

The Nigeria military has pledged “total commitment and loyalty” to President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari has been in the United Kingdom on extended medical vacation since January 19. Briefing Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa on Wednesday, Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, who led the service chiefs to the meeting, said the military was totally committed and loyal to the president. He said more progress had been made in the war against insurgency in the north-east. Dan-Ali commended the government for adequately funding the military, which he said has helped it in the conduct of its operations. “Let me start by expressing our appreciation to the current administration for their relentless support and continuous funding of the armed forces in the conduct of...
Ex-air Force Chief, Umar, Diverted N13.3bn In 2 Yrs
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Ex-air Force Chief, Umar, Diverted N13.3bn In 2 Yrs

Former Director of Finance and Accounts at the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Air Commodore Salisu Abdullahi (retd), yesterday, exposed how ex-Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Umar, within two years, siphoned about N13.3 billion from account of the Force. Former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar (read) (middle) at the Federal High Court, Abuja. Umar, who was head of NAF from September 9, 2010 to October 4, 2012, is facing seven-count money laundering charges before the Federal High Court in Abuja. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged that he used looted funds and purchased six choice property in Abuja, Kano and Kaduna States. Hearing commenced on the matter, yesterday, with the lead prosecution witness, Air Commodore Abdullahi (retd), revealing...

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