Boko Haram: We are Re-strategising – Nigerian Air Force

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadiq Abubakar has said that the Nigerian Airforce is re-stretegising so that there can be an effective force to deal with security challenges in the North-east and Niger Delta.

Abubakar said this while on operational visit to 97 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He said “What I can assure you is that we are doing everything possible to evaluate what has been done in the past with a view to re-strategising so that we have a very effective force to deal with security challenges both in the Niger Delta and the North-East.

“We are trying to look at processes. What have we been doing in the past? What do we need to do more to be more effective? That is why this is the second unit I am visiting since I came into office.

“I am in Port Harcourt to look at our men, look at our assets, officers and men who have been contributing so much in terms of dealing with the security challenges; to also see what assets we need to bring in more to enhance our effectiveness in dealing with these challenges.”

He added that pilots have been warned to strictly abide with rules of armed conflict. He said “There is no system that is perfect. We can look at the system we are operating and evaluate it with a view to identifying areas of deficiencies and recognising that there are deficiencies.

“The Air Force is still attacking even this morning (Wednesday). We have been avoiding collateral damages and that is very important to us. We have been stressing on this to our pilots; we are telling our pilots to respect the international laws in regard to arms conflicts.”

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