PHOTOS: Air Force Deploys Special Forces To Taraba
Armed bandits in Taraba State will soon be on the run, as operation to counter their activities will now happen both on ground and from the air.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed its Special Forces to the newly established 23 Quick Response Wing (QRW), Nguroje in Taraba State.
It is part of ongoing initiatives to reposition the NAF into a highly professional force capable of responding effectively, efficiently and timely to Nigeria’s security imperatives.
A statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the troops, made up mostly of specially trained regiment personnel, will operate in conjunction with other security agencies within the theatre of operation to enhance security of lives and property.
Before the troops left for Taraba State, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Director of Operations, Air Vice Marshal Napoleon Bali, addressed them.
He told the personnel that it was a rare privilege to be part of the pioneering troops to establish the new unit.
They were asked to remain highly professional and always reflect the exceptional standards of the NAF in all of their engagements.
Air Marshal Abubakar also told the troops to maintain a cordial relationship with the host community, as they would require the support of the people to succeed in their assigned responsibilities.
The CAS added that in line with one of the key drivers of his vision which focused on “comradeship, regimentation and inter-Service cooperation”, the troops should partner with other security agencies in the State and quickly key into whatever security arrangement was on ground with a view to adding value to it.
He also reminded them to strictly operate within the confines of the global Laws of Armed Conflicts while also abiding by NAF’s Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement (ROE) as enshrined in the ROE cards issued to them.
The 23 QRW is one of the three newly established NAF QRWs within the North Central Zone.
“Three hundred NAF personnel of the other two Wings are part of the 1000-man Special Intervention Force recently deployed to Makurdi to deal with the security challenges facing Benue and Nasarawa States.
“The idea behind the recent expansion being witnessed in the NAF is to bring security closer to all Nigerians, especially those in the rural areas,” the statement added.