Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff, has disclosed that the Federal Government has purchased 8 new aircrafts for the Nigerian Air Force from 2015 till date.
Abubakar stated this in Zamfara when he paid a courtesy visit to the Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari in Gusau.
He disclosed that since the inception of the Buhari government, 30 Aircraft have been gotten for the Airforce, while 18 out of the aircraft are new since the inception of his government.
He added that “apart from the 18 new aircraft, the Federal Government also reactivated the 13 old ones that were not working before.
“We are also expecting new ones from the United States anytime from this moment.
“We are in Zamfara to check NAF operations: we are going to look at the every aspects of airforce operations in the state, with a view to improving the capacity.
“Apart from our personnel on special forces in line with Defence Headquarters Operations, I have also directed the posting of additional NAF personnel to Zamfara.”
While expressing hope that the measures taken by th Air force would restore peace in the reason, he added that he has instructed that the Air-force assets be moved from some zones to Zamfara.
The Chief of Air Staff thanked the Zamfara Government and the people for the support given to personnel and solicited for additional support, especially in the area of intelligence.
Gov. Yari, who was represented by his Deputy, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, appreciated the Chief of Air Staff for the visit and applauded the NAF operations in the state.
He said “we recognise your efforts, especially in the protection of lives and property but we are calling on you to do more.
“We commend your efforts in fighting insurgency in the northeast, we are hoping that you would do same here in Zamfara.
“On behalf of my governor, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, I assure you of the state government readiness to support security agencies to ensure effective protection of lives and property.”