The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has declared war on militants who are regrouping in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria and vowed not to give them a hiding place.
The Force said it had recruited 7,000 personnel in three years as one of the measure aimed at flushing out militants in Lagos and the country as a whole.
â€œThe whole essence is to ensure that Nigeria and Nigerians are secured and able to go about their businesses without fear,â€ the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said.
He made the vow at the inauguration of some buildings for the personnel of 041 Communications Depot, Shasha, Lagos on Thursday.
â€œWe have been in Lagos, Taraba and other states in the country. Very soon, something is going to be worked out which will involve not only the Air Force but all military formations.
â€œOur commanders are giving us all the inputs. Just like we flushed them before, we are going to continue to flush them with the support of other security agencies,â€ he said.
The CAS said the force had acquired new helicopters and aircraft to accomplish the aim of the Force.
â€œProfessionalism is not just about equipment and training but most importantly, about the human beings because human being is the most important resource.
The CAS said NAF embarked on massive construction of new accommodation as well as re-modeling of old ones to address the infrastructural deficit of the past.
â€œIt is quite important to ensure that the living condition of our tireless and hard working personnel is given high premium.
â€œHuman beings, being the most important resource in organisations, ought to have their welfare needs addressed in order for them to be effective in discharging their assigned roles and responsibilities.â€
He said that the NAF Base, Shasha, being one of the bases in the Lagos area, was critical to the successful conduct of NAF operations.
â€œIt is, therefore, appropriate that such a base receives commensurate provision of facilities for the general well-being of personnel and their families.
â€œThe project being inaugurated is dedicated to one of our pilots who paid the supreme price while on a national assignment.
â€œThe project is therefore, named after the senior officer who passed on while on rescue mission on an Alpha-Jet aircraft.
â€œIt is hoped that this would create the enabling environment and serve as motivation for personnel to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.â€
The CAS appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support for the military, especially the NAF, through the provision of platforms and logistics support to operate them.
â€œWe have recently received some new platforms while awaiting the delivery of others.
â€œA number of platforms in our inventory are also undergoing reactivation and will soon be injected back to service to boost our counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.
â€œYou could also remember that the NAF was also instrumental in riding the creeks within the South West region off criminal elements.
â€œAs much as capacity is being built within the NAF, we must continue to develop strategies to anticipate and curb other emerging security imperatives across the country,â€ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the newly inaugurated accommodation was designed to house a total of 120 airmen and airwomen.
The accommodation was built to take care of the personnel that had just been recruited, to enhance the operational effectiveness of the NAF.
The CAS also toured some formations and units in the Lagos area, including 641 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (ACMD), 651 Base Services Group and 661 NAF Hospital, all in Ikeja.
He also inspected 2 NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft undergoing Periodic Depot Maintenance and Life Extension Programme. (NAN)