The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said that one of its airmen, Corporal Meshach Iliya Komo, died in Kaduna on Sunday, in a parachuting accident during recurrency training.
Speaking on the death of the airman the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said ‘on behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late airman over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest.
Also in another development the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said that it has sustained air raids on Zamfara bandits
Daramola in a statement said that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) continued to sustain intensive air operations against armed bandits’ hideouts in Zamfara State and its environs as the Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA destroyed some logistics stores belonging to the bandits at a location within Kagara Forest.
The operation was executed on Saturday following credible intelligence reports indicating that some of the armed bandits who had fled their camps as a result of NAF’s earlier air strikes had relocated some logistics items, including fuel, motorcycles and local arms making equipment, to another location within Kagara Forest.
Accordingly, the ATF dispatched an Mi-35 helicopter gunship, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, to attack the target.
The target area initially appeared uninhabited. However, as the helicopter approached, some of the bandits were seen emerging from under the shrubbery and running away from the area.
The helicopter engaged the target recording successful hits on the logistics facility, which was engulfed in flames with thick black smoke seen.
Some armed bandits, who fired at the aircraft, were taken out by the helicopter. Reports from independent sources, including local informants and village leaders around the general area, later confirmed that the logistics base was totally destroyed and 4 armed bandits killed as a result of the attack.
The NAF, working in consonance with surface forces and other security agencies, will sustain its operations to flush the bandits out of the Northwest of the Country.