Nigerian Air force partners with India on capacity building

Martha Obi, Abuja

Nigerian Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and his Indian counterpart, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has led a delegation of senior Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officers on a visit to India to seek avenues to strengthen strategic partnership for capacity building as well as Research and Development (RD).

The partnership seeks to boost the NAF’s operational effectiveness in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.

The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said:

“the visit was at the instance of the Indian Government through an invitation extended by the CAS of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria.” 

Courtesy call

Daramola noted that Air Marshal Abubakar, who has already paid formal courtesy call on the IAF CAS and the Deputy Chief, will hold several other high level meetings as well as visit some IAF Bases and facilities in the Country.

The CAS was received on arrival in Delhi, the Indian capital, by a delegation from IAF and the Defence Adviser (DA) of Nigeria’s High Commission in India, Navy Commodore Olusegun Fereira, as well as the DAs of Senegal, Niger Republic, Ghana and Egypt.

Those accompanying the CAS on the visit include the Chief of Training and Operations Headquarters (HQ) NAF, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao, and the Chief of Logistics HQ NAF, AVM Mohammed Yakubu, among others.


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