- As Chief of Air Staff Tours Operational Units
A concerted effort by the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army led to the recapture of Dikwa town in Borno State earlier today. A combination of the Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet and surveillance aircraft jointly destroyed three ambush points heavily fortified with vehicle-mounted Anti-Aircraft Guns. This paved the way for the Nigerian Army to move in and recapture the town with less resistance.
Cordon and search operations are currently on-going in the town by the Nigerian Army. Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Director Public Relations of the Nigerian Airforce has confirmed this development.
Meanwhile the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar has, concluded his tour of operational units to ascertain the state of equipment and morale of troops, especially those Involved in the counter-insurgency operation against Boko Haram terrorist group in North-East Nigeria.
AVM Abubakar disclosed that the purpose of his visit was to obtain first-hand information about the operational readiness of the men and equipment with a view to enabling the NAF to requip and restrategise for operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Units visited by the CAS include 64 Air Defence Group, Makurdi, 75 Strike Group, Yola; 97 Special Operational Group, Port-Harcourt and 99 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji.