Chief of Air Staff charges troops to keep the pace in operation but refrain from attacking criminals.

Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, has urged troops in “Operation Gama Aiki” and men from the 013 Quick Response Force in Minna to keep up the pace of operations against criminals. He advised airmen to refrain from attacking criminals.

Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information at Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, made the announcement in an Abuja statement on Tuesday.

According to him, Air Commodore Sunday Aneke, Director of Operations, Headquarters NAF, issued the charge when he represented Amao at the OPGA Air Component’s Christmas celebration in Minna.

The service, according to Amao, used the occasion to remember the sacrifices of fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price in the service of the country.

In his speech, he emphasized that the security risks that Nigeria faces, as well as the challenges they pose to achieving national development goals, necessitate the establishment of a strong security architecture.

He emphasized that the architecture must be capable of quickly employing airpower across the entire range of conflict.

“NAF, operating in concert with sister services and other security agencies, has continued to courageously confront various security threats while recording tangible results in the various theatres of operations.

“I must state that I am proud of all our officers, airmen, and airwomen participating in internal security operations in different parts of the country,’’ he stated.

He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his continuous support for the Nigerian Armed Forces, particularly the NAF.

“It is gratifying to note that operational manpower development in NAF recently received a boost with the winging of 26 new pilots and 31 operators since my assumption of duty.

“I am happy to note that we currently have a total of 195 officers, airmen, and airwomen undergoing various training courses abroad cutting across several specialties and trades.

“Twelve student pilots are undergoing Basic Fighter Training at 403 Flying Training School, Kano, while 12 others are undergoing Basic Transport Training at 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna,’’ Amao stated.

He said that these courses were designed to maintain combat readiness by expanding the number of pilots available to man the ever-growing inventory of aircraft.

In his remarks, Group Capt. Elisha Bindul, Commander, 103 QRF, reassured Nigerians that the Force is committed to continuing the fight against criminality in Niger State and the Northwest in general.

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