Air Force deploys armed helicopter personnel to Kafanchan to maintain peace
The Nigerian Air Force says it has deployed armed helicopter with force protection elements and other logistics support to Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, made this known in a statement to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
Adesanya said the deployment was part of efforts to ensure lasting peace in Southern Kaduna State.
Adesanya said: “The personnel and other supporting staff will operate from a newly established NAF Forward Operating Base in Kafanchan.
“They will be reinforced with NAF Special Forces to protect lives and property and stop the incessant clashes in the area.”
He recalled that recently, the service deployed air assets and personnel to Takum, Taraba State to maintain peace and provide air cover for the ground troops in the area.
He said: “It is equally worthy of note that NAF has made appreciable contributions in different theatres of operations across the country and has also extended its reach.
“The latest expansion was the commissioning of 213 FOB in Katsina and the Quick Response Wing in Daura, Katsina State, as part of its continued efforts to extend its reach in the North-west.
“This will go a long way in reducing NAF’s response time to crisis situations in the Zone.”
Recently, Kajuru Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna State experienced violent communal clashes in which lead to loss of lives and properties.