By Ishaq Zaki
Gusau – The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Wednesday visited Zamfara State and assured improvement on air operations in tackling security challenges facing the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar was received at NAF Airforce base Gusau by the Speaker, State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abdullahi Abdulkarim, Commander NAF 207 Quick Response Group, Gusau, Sukunmi Akinbohun.
Abubakar said he was in the state to assess the conduct of NAF operations.
“You know NAF is participating in operation Sharandaji organised by the Ministry of Defence.
“We are also conducting operation Diran-Mikiya, we are here to assess the efforts of what we have been making in these operations, we are happy with what we have seen and what we are hearing.
“We are going to re-strategise certain areas of difficulties, we are giving Zamfara State Government and people of the state assurance of improvement in air force operations.
“We also inspected the ongoing construction work on accommodation of our personnel which was destroyed by rainstorm during the rainy season,” he said.
He said the airstrike had not been suspended in Zamfara, but we are re-strategising, you know we have aircrafts from Katsina, the headquarters of operating Diran-Mikiya operating in this state.
He appealed to people of the state to assist NAF and other security agencies with useful information on security so as to assist them in their operations.
He urged NAF personnel to continue to work hard in protection of lives and properties in the state.
In his remark, Rikiji commended the efforts of NAF in converting banditry activities in the state.
“We need more to be done especially in the area of airstrikes, if we may recall few months ago when there was regular airstrikes in the state there was improvement in tackling insecurity in our communities, so we want that operation to resume here in Zamfara,” he said.
Rikiji said that the state government has been collaborating with the security agencies as well as providing logistics for them to carry out their duties effectively. (NAN)