The Nigerian Air Force has undoubtedly shown its power by expanding its fleets in a very short period in a rapid response to the prevailing insecurities in the country. Just within the twinkle of an eye, the Nigerian Air Force has acquired some of the world's sophisticated and deadly weapons ranging from attack helicopters to Alpha jets which can carry out precision airstrikes on locations.
The K-9 units have always seen the vital needs of keeping, raising, and deploying dogs in their operation across the world. Take, for example, the Nigeria Air Force K-9 unit that works closely with its thoroughly trained dogs in areas ranging from bomb detection to Patrol services.
The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) authorities on Monday this week disclosed that armed bandits operating between the boundaries of Kaduna and Zamfara states brought down its Alfa Jet Fighter in a barrage of gunfire. Fortunately, the NAF authorities added, the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, survived the attack after he ejected from the plane and managed to evade his attackers, who were determined to capture him.
Photo Credit: Facebook & Joe Igbokwe Joe Igbokwe took to his verified Facebook page to share the photos of the new aircraft that Nigeria's airforce will be receiving soon, the Aermacchi M-346 master planes. They will take delivery of it this year. Joe Igbokwe is the spokesperson for the All Progressive Congress(APC) Lagos chapter, and a great supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari's government.
On Monday this week, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) authorities disclosed that armed bandits brought down its Alpha Jet Aircraft which was returning from a successful mission on Sunday. The incident took place at about 12:45 pm around the boundary between Kaduna and Zamfara states. The fighter jet came under a barrage of enemy gunfire, according to a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.
Recently, an ugly incident was witnessed in Buhari Village located within the Yunusari area of Yobe state. As obtained from the Daily Trust, a military aircraft believed to belong to the Nigeria Air Force, allegedly bombarded the village in what appeared to be a missed target, killing about 10 villagers in the process, and injured several others.
Some days ago, the news of how Nigeria Air force (NAF) accidentally fired airstrikes shots which led to the killing of innocents people of Yobe in a small community which has been recognized as Buhari village in Yunusari Local Government Areas, Yobe state. Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper
As Nigeria Air Force (NAF) institution and Nigerians as a whole continue to bask in the euphoria of the rescuing of Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo whose Alpa Fighter Jet was brought down by bandits in Zamfara State while returning from a bombing mission on Sunday, 18 July 2021 along Kaduna border, it is instructive to note that these criminals have a weak point I think the Nigerian combatants need to take advantage of.
The Nigerian Air Force(NAF) has rebutted a publication made by a U.S. based media outfit wherein it was stated that the former paid ₦20 million to bandits operating around Zamfara State, Kaduna State and President Muhammadu Buhari's home State of Katsina. According to the Wall Street Journal, it said in its report that the Nigeria Air Force had paid ₦20 million ransom to bandits operating in these states with a view to pacifying them to release an anti-aircraft gun that was seized from the Nigeria Army.
In the wake of an aggressive and comprehensive aerial bombardment carried out by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Helicopter gunships on bandit camps in Zamfara state which led to the death of several bandits and kidnappers in the region. Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships bombarded several logistics bases set up by bandits at Kwara forest in Kaduna State, killing no fewer than 50 armed bandits.
It's no longer news that Nigerian Aircraft was shot down by Bandits on Sunday along Zamfara and Kaduna boundary, where by Flight Lieutenant Abayomi who is the pilot managed to escape the stronghold to get back to his base. Abayomi was able to eject from the aircraft using the survival instinct, as he later engaged in an intense ground fire with the bandits, but he was lucky enough to defeat them as he ran into the nearest community for his survival.
Muhammadu Buhari became the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015. Before this victory, he has lost the presidential election three times (2003, 2007 and 2011). Buhari was re-elected in February 2019 after he defeated his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by over 3 million votes.
OPINION: Armed Bandits Bringing Down A Fighter Jet Signals A New Dimension To The Counterterrorism War
On Monday, July 19, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) authorities admitted that its Alpha Jet Aircraft was gunned down by armed bandits on Sunday while coming back from a successful mission. The incident was said to have occurred at about 12:45 pm around the boundary between Kaduna and Zamfara states.
This Tuesday, 13th July, reports from the Nations News, has it that there was a clash between the Nigeria Air force operatives(NAF) and area boys at the popular Ladipo Auto spare parts market in Lagos. It is believed that the clash left four persons dead and other casualties.
Helicopter, allegedly belonging to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) shot at a local boat travelling from Port Harcourt to Bonny Island in Rivers State on Thursday, and injured two persons. The rest reportedly, jumped into the water. Mr. Isaiah Emmanuel, the Manager of Dogger Boat Owners Association at the Bonny-Bile-Nembe Water Front in Port Harcourt, stated that the four occupants of the boat were young men and the boat was not carrying any illegal product to warrant such an attack.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has debunked the news that its airstrikes in Zamfara State, killed a woman and four children. According to the reports making rounds earlier today, it was reported that an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force during its airstrikes on bandits at the expansive Sububu Forest located between Shinkafi and Maradun Local Governments in Zamfara, Killed innocent civilians.
Suspected armed bandits have been continuously fingered to be largely responsible for the incessant insecurity situations in Nigeria.These conditions have , no doubt , impacted negatively on socioeconomic wellness of the country Photo Credit :google.com Moreover , the Nigeria armed forces have allegely been confronting the challenges inorder to put an end to the menace .
Northern part of Nigeria is known to have a lots of bandits that are terrorising the peace of the North, the Nigeria Air Force having been making effort in combing the bandit out of their hiding place by fighting them using aircraft. Among the states that bandits are terrorising is Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto and Zamfara State.
NB: The Picture Above is for Illustration and Not Ali Kachalla. The wage terrifying attacks on rural communities in Northern Nigeria by the rampaging gunmen known locally as bandits armed with assaulting rifles and rocket-propelled grenades daring young men in their jaunty jalopies, raping, pillaging, and murdering almost daily.
Security is one of the responsibilities of a government, it is only when a country is well secured that the economy of a nation can thrive. Nigeria as a country has been battling with some security challenges, ranging from terrorism, banditry, and kidnapping. With the facilities and equipment available, the Nigerian military has been at the forefront of ensuring that the citizens of the country are protected and the criminal elements are made to face the law of the land.