NAF Loses Operatives In Bandit Attack
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the killing of two of its personnel during a gun battle with bandits at Kawan Pole Waya in Kaduna State.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of NAF’s Public Relations and Information made the development public in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
The statement revealed the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Monday, along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, about 20 kilometres from Birnin Gwari.
The dead officers were identified as Flying Officer Abdulrahman Bayero and Aircraftman Saidu Bawa.
Giving a further breakdown, Daramola said the incident occurred when troops of 271 NAF Detachment, Birnin Gwari, on Monday, at about 5pm dismounted an ambush set up by bandits at Kawan Pole Waya, along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.
“The gallant troops were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari and called for reinforcement.
“Unfortunately, two NAF personnel paid the supreme price in the process,” he said.
He added that the late personnel would be buried today (Tuesday) in accordance with Islamic rites.
He also conveyed the commiseration of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of NAF, to the families of the fallen heroes.
The CAS, however, charged all NAF personnel to remain committed and continue to work in collaboration with other security agencies, to rid the North-West of all criminal elements.