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BOKO HARAM: AIR CHIEF TOURS OPERATIONAL BASES, ASCERTAINS EQUIPMENT STATUS and TROOPS MORALE.

Following his determination to sustain the air power domination by Nigerian Airforce fighter aircraft in the war against terrorism, the new Chief f Air staff, AVM Sadique Abubakar during the week embarked on an operational visit to its offensive bases.

During the whirlwind visit, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar carried out on the spot operational status of the state of equipment and morale of troops, especially those involved in the counter-insurgency operations against the Boko Haram Terrorist group in North East, Nigeria.

In his address to the officers and men in both the Tactical Air Command and Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar noted that the purpose of his visit was to obtain first-hand information about the operational readiness of the men and equipment with a view to enabling the NAF to re-equip and re-strategize for operational efficiency and effectiveness.

A statement signed by Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Director of Airforce Public Relations, named the units visited by the CAS to include 64 Air Defence Group, Makurdi; 75 Strike Group, Yola; 97 Speccial Operations Group, Port Harcourt; and 99 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji.

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BUHARI ORDERS APPOINTMENT OF MUSA YUSUF AS NEW GUARDS BRIGADE COMMANDER APPOINTED TO OVERSEE SECURITY OF PRESIDENTIAL VILLA.

Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai acting in instruction of the Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed a new Guards Brigade Commander.

He is Brigadier General Musa Yusuf, formerly the Brigade Commander, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Abia state. He takes over from Brigadier General Anthony Omozoje.

Speaking after taking over the elite Brigade, General Yusuf said, “The Commandant of Guard’s Brigade is responsible for the security of Mr. President, members of his family, Federal Capital Territory and environs, and that is exactly what we are going to do”.

“For now we are prepared to face all the challenges. We know the major challenges in the country. On the issues of insurgency in and around Abuja, there are arrangements in place to make sure the city is secured”.

“We are just going to make sure we look into the present arrangements, where there is need for improvement, we will do that. Where we feel the arrangement is ok, we just make sure we maintain the standard” he said

Former Commander of the Brigade, General Anthony Omozoje said there was never a dull moment in the Brigade, as its task is very demanding which requires a lot of commitment, discipline and sacrifice.

“For me it’s very fulfilling for my career as an infantry officer, to have the privilege of commanding this elite brigade, I’m very grateful to the authorities of the army that gave me this opportunity.”

“The Guard’s brigade has the mandate to protect the Commander in chief on the seat of power, and without any mincing of words you know what that means. So we have to do as our motto says: vigilance and sacrifice.”

“This is one of the most difficult jobs that you can ever put yourself in, so when a man is happy doing what we do, then I think we are successful, so the Brigade is functioning at its peak”.

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