By Gom Mirian Abuja
The United States of America (USA) Government has reassured the Nigerian Air Force of it’s commitment to combating emerging security threats in the Country.
Major General David Baldwin, Adjutant General California national guard said this, while on a courtesy call to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at NAF Headquarters, Abuja.
The visit was undertaken in furtherance of USA-Nigeria Military-to-Military relations and the State of California Partnership Programme with Nigeria, which has been in existence since 2006.
In his remarks, the Adjutant General reiterated the commitment of the US Military towards “strengthening the existing Military-to-Military partnership as well as in ensuring the efficient execution of the contract between the Governments of Nigeria and the USA for the delivery of 12 Super Tucano aircraft to the NAF”.
He added that the US Military would also be willing to further collaborate with the NAF in the areas of “Air-Ground Integration, intelligence gathering and sharing, pilot training as well as capacity development for cyber warfare”, amongst others.
In his response, the CAS thanked the Adjutant General for the assurances given and the assistance rendered by the US Military to Nigeria over the years.
He noted that the “story of the successes recorded in the counter insurgency (COIN) operations in the Northeast of Nigeria would not be complete without due mention of the support and contributions of the US Military and Government to Nigeria”.
He remarked that this was crucial because, in his view, “it was in the interest of the International Community to have a secure, stable Nigeria, given the devastating effects a destabilized Nigeria would have on West Africa and Africa as a whole”.
Air Marshal Abubakar, who further solicited for the support of the US Military to achieve the establishment of an Air-Ground Integration School in Kaduna, also lauded the magnanimity of the US Military for training several NAF pilots, “including the first Nigerian female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni, who, he said, would be winged sometime in the month of October.
The CAS also solicited assistance for the “provision of spares and technical support in maintenance of C-130 Hercules aircraft, noting that the NAF had conducted in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) on 2 aircraft and would soon commence work on the third one.
He stated that the US could still support with additional capability to enhance the process.
The CAS equally intimated the Adjutant General on the NAF’s preparedness to receive the Super Tucano aircraft, disclosing that adequate facilities had been emplaced to accommodate, secure and effectively utilise the aircraft.
A statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director, NAF Public Relations and Information said, “As partners, Nigeria and the California National Guard have had over 100 Military-to-Military bilateral engagements including: Military Intelligence, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Training, Combat Medic, Military Aviation as well as Military Law and Disaster Response/Emergency Management
Joint military troops rescues 12 kidnapped victims in Benue
From Attah Ede, Makurdi
The joint military operations code named “Operations Whirl Stroke (OPWS, operating in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States,, on Friday said, it has rescued 12 kidnapped victims from kidnappers in Ukum LGA of Benue State.
According to the military, the victims who were rescued on 21st February, 2024, at Jootar village in Ukum LGA of Benue State, were on transit from Imo State to Adamawa State.
The Force Commander, OPWS, Major General Sunday Iserihen Igbinomwanhia, who disclosed this , said they have continued to intensify onslaught and aggressive posture in operations against bandits, terrorists and other criminals in their Areas of Operation in the North Central.
He said this recent operation followed credible human Intelligence on the activities of kidnappers.
“Troops of Sector 1 OPWS, on 21st February, 2024, at Jootar village in Ukum LGA of Benue State, rescued 12 kidnapped victims who were on transit from Imo State to Adamawa State.
“The perpetrators took advantage of the abandoned Federal Police Highway checkpoint to carry out their criminal act.
“On sighting the aggressive troops of OPWS with superior fire power, kidnappers fled leaving behind their victims.
“An 18 seater bus belonging to Taraba Express International with Serial Number 212 and Registration Number GKA-371XA TARABA STATE was recovered from the kidnappers den and towed to the troops lication”, he said.
Major General Igbinomwanhia gave the names of the rescued victims as Mr Sule Abu age 55, Mrs Ashie Shuaibu age 26, Master Suleiman Abdullahi age 3, Mrs Zainab Salau age 35, Mr. Muritala Yussuf age 22, Mrs Zainab Saidu age 45 and Mr. Hammed Mamud age 51.
Others are; Mr. Usman Ali age 27, Mr. Nura Abubakar age 24, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu age 20, Mrs Felicia Asusis age 29, and Mr. Jacob Nathaniel age 22.
The FC reiterated that OPWS will continue commit efforts in collaborating with other security agencies in making Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States safe from any form of criminal activities
He further reassured the general public that OPWS will continue to ensure the safety of lives and properties of all patriotic citizens within the Joint Task Force Joint Operations Area.
Nasarawa: Police Arrest 10 for Allegedly Stealing 45 Children, Recover 6
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested 10 suspected members of a child theft and sale syndicate, who allegedly stole no fewer than 45 children.
The Commissioner of Police, Shehu Nadada, made the disclosure while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Lafia, on Friday.
According to the commissioner, police operatives attached to Keffi Division on routine patrol on Jan.10, rescued a man from mob action and upon enquiry discovered that he allegedly abducted a five-year-old boy in Keffi.
He said that the suspect later confessed to being a member of a syndicate that specialised in child theft and sale of same to the highest bidder.
Nadada said that further investigation led to the arrest of nine other members of the syndicate.
He said that further analysis on their mobile phones indicated that they had stolen and sold 45 children, who have been illegally adopted by unsuspecting member of the public across the country.
The commissioner, who did not state the period when the children were stolen, said that most of them were stolen from Abuja, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau and Niger states.
He said that six of the children had been recovered from Abuja, Ondo and Lagos State, while effort was ongoing to arrest more accomplices and recover more of the stolen children.
He further said that the suspects confessed to selling off many children at different prices, from N350,000 to N1.5 million depending on their age and gender.
Nadada disclosed that the suspects usually conspire with some social welfare officers to produce fake documents that facilitated the sale of the children to willing buyers.
The commissioner charged parents to pay more attention to their wards while calling on those seeking to adopt children to be wary of criminals.(NAN)
Police Arrest Car Theft Syndicate Member in Ogun
The Police Command in Lagos State said it had arrested a suspected member of a car theft syndicate, stealing cars parked anywhere in Ogun and selling them off in Lagos.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to the newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
Hundeyin said that police operatives from Elere Division, who were on stop and search foot patrol on Friday, at about 6.00 p. m., along Agege Motor Road, carried out the arrest.
He said that during a stop and search, the officers intercepted a Sienna Space Bus, with four men in it.
The image maker said that while the officers were questioning the occupants, the four suddenly jumped down from the vehicle and took to their heels.
“They were pursued and one of them, simply identified as John, 28 years, was arrested, while others escaped.
“The suspect claimed he was contracted by one of the fleeing suspects, whose name he claimed he did not know, to drive the vehicle from Abeokuta, Ogun Capital to Ijora in Lagos.
“The suspect also claimed that two of the suspects at Large joined the vehicle on their way to Lagos before the police interception,” he said.
Hundeyin said that preliminary investigation revealed that the said vehicle was removed from where it was parked at Kemta in Ogun.
He said that the suspect and the vehicle were in their custody, while efforts were on to arrest the fleeing members of the syndicate. (NAN)
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