The Nigerian Air Force has deployed fighter aircraft and a detachment of special forces personnel to Sokoto to boost anti-banditry operations in the North-West.
The air assets were deployed under the operation code named Operation Diran Mikiya. The deployment is aimed at boosting the efforts by the military to deal with insecurity in some parts of Sokoto State as well as the border areas between the state and neighbouring Zamfara.This is contained in a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, late on Saturday.
He said the air assets, pilots and special forces personnel were received in the theatre of operation by the Air Officer Commanding Technical Air Command, Air Vice Marshall Oladayo Amao.
The statement reads in part, “Receiving the air assets, pilots and SF personnel, the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Air Vice-Marshal Oladayo Amao, charged them to exhibit the highest sense of professionalism as they go about their task of securing communities whilst ensuring they deal decisive blows on the armed bandits.
“Also present to receive the personnel and equipment were the Commander Air Task Force Operation Diran Mikiya, Air Commodore Ayoola Jolasinmi, and the Commander 119 Forward Operating Base (119 FOB), Air Commodore Jibrin Usman.
“Recall that following an assessment visit to NAF units in Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states on 26 December 2018, the CAS had stated that facilities at the Sultan Abubakar III Airport would be upgraded to facilitate the deployment of NAF platforms and equipment to enable the conduct of air operations from the airport, for enhanced NAF response capability in support of the anti-banditry operations in the area.”