The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday 18 June 2018 deployed a combat helicopter to its 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) in Gusau.
The deployment of the weaponized EC-135 helicopter is part of efforts aimed at intensifying the fight against armed banditry in Zamfara State and environs.
The helicopter will operate from the recently constructed helipads at 207 QRG Gusau thereby enhancing overall operational effectiveness.
A statement by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director, NAF Public Relations and Information said, “Accordingly, the NAF will be better positioned to provide the needed air support to the additional surface forces just deployed by the Defence Headquarters to tackle the security challenges in the State.
“Other NAF air assets, however, remain available on nearby alternate airfields to add impetus to air operations in the State as might be necessary.
In a related development, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command of the NAF, Air Vice Marshal Ismaila Kaita, also undertook an operational visit to the Unit today to obtain firsthand information on the situation and address any possible challenges.
“The visit revealed that the morale of the deployed NAF Special Forces is high and they are in a state of high alert.”
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It would be recalled that the Nigeria Air Force recently commissioned two helipads at the 207 Quick Response Air Force Base in Gusau.
Also, more personnel were deployed from the Army, Air Force, Police and Department of State Security Service (DSS).
The development came when the state Governor expressed concern with the activities of security agencies in the state.
Speaking while receiving the helicopters, the Commander of the 207 Quick Response Group, Captain Caleb Olayera expressed assurance that the state would witness change.
Olayera said with the helicopters in the Command, criminals would be trace and dealt with.