By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
In an attempt to smoke out the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east as well as in Nigerian border towns with Cameroon, Niger and Chad, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has built an office and helipad in Monguno, Borno State.
With the creation of theÂ 171 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment in Monguno, it is believed that the threats by the insurgents will be nullified.
Speaking at the commissioning of the helipad, office complex and residential quarters for officers and airmen at the newly established NAF Detachment in Monguno town, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd),Â on TuesdayÂ evening said the edifices would add value to the overall fight against insurgency especially in the northern part of Borno State.
He said: â€œThe completion of these projects is a milestone in NAFâ€™s continuous expansion drive to project airpower in all the nooks and crannies of the country and to provide Nigeria with additional military options in conducting aerial surveillance of the countryâ€™s border with Niger Republic to curb terrorist activities and other criminal groups.
â€œThe zeal of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) was responsible for the timely completion of the Detachment and was in line with the rule to establish Air Force power in all parts of the country.â€
According to him, â€œIt is to make Nigeria borders with neighbouring countries no more safe haven to criminal elements.â€