The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has contributed a substantial number of troops to the on-going Joint Operation code-named, OPERATION KARAMIN GORO in Niger State..
This would help curb the menace of kidnapping, armed banditry, cattle rustling and other forms of criminalities in the State.
The Director Public Relations and information NAF, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said the NAF personnel are participating in the one month Joint Operation, which was at the behest of the Niger State Government, in collaboration with personnel of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police and Department of State Services.
Adesanya noted that the operation was part of the efforts by the Niger State Government to enhance security of lives and properties in the State.
He said the NAF, as part of its statutory responsibilities of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria, has been involved in various Internal Security operations across the country.
According to him, “these include the fight against insurgency in the North East, cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed banditry in the North West, militancy in the South-South and pipeline vandalism in the South West.”
He stated that recently, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar announced the establishment of additional Forward Operational Bases (FOBs) in Taraba as well as the Benue-Nassarawa States Axis, as part of plans to further tackle the incessant herdsmen-farmers clash Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the NAF has been training personnel of its Regiment Specialty in Special Warfare, a major part of which was aimed at enhancing their ability to protect the lives and properties of civilians during Internal Security situations.
This is in recognition, by the NAF leadership, of the mostly asymmetric nature of the security challenges confronting the nation in recent times.
OPERATION KARAMIN GORO could come to an end by 21 February 2018 unless situation demands otherwise.