Air Force deploys special forces to Zamfara over attacks

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Following the recent attack on Bawan Daji community in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State, where some lives were lost, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, directed that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces be deployed to Gusau, as part of efforts to stop the incessant banditry attacks.
A statement issued yesterday by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said the NAF Special Forces, who were trained in asymmetric warfare, were airlifted from Kaduna with the NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft to complement the efforts of other security forces on ground to prevent further attack on innocent citizens.
It said the personnel and other supporting staff would operate from the recently established 207 Quick Response Group in Gusau, where they would reinforce the existing Regiment personnel in the Unit in support of the ongoing Operation SHARAN DAJI in the State.
In his address to the troops at Gusau, shortly before their deployment, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal Ismaila Kaita, announced that the Special Forces would be further deployed to remote areas of Zamfara State, where they would be engaged in Internal Security operations.
He, therefore, further urged them to effectively utilize their experience and training to protect the lives and properties of the people of Zamfara State. He added that the
NAF leadership expects the Special Forces to exhibit the highest standards of professionalism and respect for human rights in discharging their duties.

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