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Banditry: Air chief commends troops in Zamfara, warns against ‘complacency’

Banditry: Air chief commends troops in Zamfara, warns against ‘complacency’
September 14
22:47 2021

Oladayo Amao, chief of air staff, has charged officers of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to remain focused and vigilant in the fight against banditry in the north-west.

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According to a statement by Edward Gabkwet, NAF spokesman, the air chief said this on Tuesday, while on a visit to the air component under operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) in Zamfara state.

Amao said the current operations against bandits have continued to yield the expected outcome, hence the need to remain focused and extra-vigilant until the security situation improves.

“This is not the time for you to be complacent or assume that we have overcome the enemy. Rather, times like this call for utmost discipline, alertness and extra focus on the task ahead,” he said.

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He commended the officers for their courage, dedication to duty and resolve towards ensuring that the fight against banditry in the north-west is brought to an end.

According to the statement, U.U. Bassey, joint task force commander of OPHD and general officer commanding 8 division of the Nigerian Army, briefed the air chief on ongoing operations in Zamfara and the north-west.

He told Amao that the operations have continued to yield the desired results, with bandits’ hideouts being destroyed.

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Bassey thanked the air chief for ensuring that NAF special forces are well trained and equipped for deployment to operational areas in the region.

According to the statement, the air chief also visited wounded officers in Gusau, the Zamfara capital, where he assured them of NAF’s commitment towards their medical welfare.

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