In a resolute display of its commitment to ensuring national security and stability, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has conducted a series of effective air strikes against both terrorists in the North-Eastern region and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region. This coordinated effort showcases the NAF’s dedication to safeguarding the nation from various threats that undermine peace and well-being.
According to a statement released by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information for NAF, the operations were carried out by the air component of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) and Operation Hadin Kai. The successful air strikes are part of ongoing endeavors to curb the activities of terrorists, militants, and other criminal elements that pose a threat to the security and tranquility of the nation.
In a recent operation, the air component of OPDS executed air interdiction missions targeting illegal refining sites in Cawthorne Channels, Bille, and Gogokori located in the Degema Local Government Area of Rivers. Additionally, a Cotonou boat laden with illegal refined products was identified heading into open waters at Gogokori and subsequently destroyed. Further operations targeted illegal refining activities in Idama and Omoma, both in Rivers State, based on intelligence received.
The statement detailed that these operations led to the identification and destruction of active illegal refining sites, including the destruction of reservoirs suspected to contain illicitly refined products. The NAF’s swift action demonstrates its commitment to eliminating criminal activities that not only pose economic threats but also endanger the environment and local communities.
Turning attention to the North-Eastern part of the country, Gabkwet explained that on August 25, the NAF executed strikes at Chinene, a well-known terrorist hideout situated in the Mandara mountains. This location, which had been targeted previously, was struck once again to neutralize persistent threats. The operation resulted in multiple terrorists being neutralized, with many others fleeing the area.
Gabkwet highlighted the NAF’s continuous efforts to deny non-state actors the freedom to engage in unlawful activities. He underscored the significance of the NAF’s collaboration with other security agencies to maintain peace and security across the nation. He also emphasized the vital role that actionable information from the public plays in these efforts and called upon all Nigerians to actively contribute to the solution by providing timely and relevant information to security agencies.
In a time where threats to national security remain dynamic, the Nigerian Air Force’s unwavering dedication to safeguarding the nation stands as a testament to its professionalism and commitment. The successful execution of these recent air strikes reflects a coordinated and proactive approach to maintaining peace and order in the face of multifaceted challenges.