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Air Force operation degrades Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria

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Abuja, Nigeria, October  28 (Infosplusgabon) - Air raids by Nigeria Air Force have caused heavy damage to the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast of the country, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar told journalists on Friday in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the insurgency.


Inspecting facilities for the special Air Force operation, Operation Ruwan Wuta II, the Chief of Air Staff said “the whole idea is to further degrade the capacity of the Boko Haram insurgents and to make sure that we get them where they are hiding."


In the last few days, he went on, "the operation has been very successful, we have been able to substantially effect the necessary damage and frustrate any effort for them to re-group in certain areas of Sambisa Forest.”


Abubakar disclosed that the Federal Government has procured aircraft and helicopters to enhance air operations in the campaign against the Boko Haram as well as protect lives and property.


"The Government has approved more aircraft for us and we are thinking ahead to see that we have the accommodation for those coming with these helicopters and aircraft the government has procured for us.


“With more aircraft you have to expand the parking space; we have reactivated quite a number and more are coming.What we thought was to quickly expand the apron so that we have enough space for the aircraft that are coming to be able to park.


“For us in the Air Forc, we are always working, training, expanding infrastructure, building capacity for both the pilots, technicians and engineers”.


While lauding the government’s gesture, Abubakar also commended the servicemen for their dedication and gallantry in the counter-insurgency operation.







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