HOW AIRFORCE KILLED 300 INSURGENT’S; BUILT 35-BED HOSPITAL FOR IDP’s IN BAMA – Famuyiwa.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday threw more light on how it’s aircraft recorded another major success in the on-going counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operations against the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) sect in the North East.
A statement by Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, Director, Airforce Public Relations said, “The current phase of intensified air operations over Northern Borno paid-off on the night of 19 August 2016 when the NAF, during an air attack, killed about 300 BHTs who had gathered to hold a meeting at a location between Malam Fatori and own troops location at Kangarwa.
“Prior to this fateful day the NAF, on 16 August 2016, had commenced series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to corroborate human intelligence that key BHT commanders gather at the said location to hold meeting at night.
“The objective of the on-going operation, as usual, is to degrade the capability of the insurgents, particularly those who have fled to the northern part of Borno”.
Meanwhile, the Air Force (NAF), in furtherance of its humanitarian support to victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, has established another field hospital to cater for the healthcare needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama.
Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa who made this known in a statement, noted that “The latest facility makes it the second field hospital to be established by the NAF in Borno State to cater for IDP needs, with the first being in Dalori IDP Camp.
“The Bama IDP Camp, before now, had been in dire need of additional medical facilities as the only medical outfit established by UNICEF was already overstretched and lacking the requisite facilities and manpower to adequately cater for over 9,450 IDPs in the Camp.
“The establishment of the new NAF Emergency Hospital is expected to ease these challenges as well as alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs while the Federal Government perfects the plans for their return to their villages.
Famuyiwa said, “The purpose of the NAF humanitarian efforts is to endear the victims and gain their support for the NAF, and by so doing to acquire the necessary intelligence needed to successfully prosecute the on-going counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations.
The new 35-bed hospital was commissioned by the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kassim Shettima who lauded the initiative, describing it as another measure by the NAF to save lives aside its fighting to protect them.
Meanwhile the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Mshl Sadique Abubakar has said that the NAF will continue to do everything within its ambit to provide necessary assistance towards addressing the challenges facing the IDPs.
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