Air Force Deploys Combat Helicopter In Plateau

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed an Mi-35P combat helicopter and an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Plateau after the hredsmen attack.

AVM Olatokunbo, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja saying that the deployment of the ISR combat helicopter is part of efforts aimed at quelling the crisis that erupted recently in the state with a view to restoring normalcy.

“The deployment of the ISR aircraft is expected to enhance intelligence gathering while the combat helicopter will conduct armed reconnaissance and other combat air support operations.

“Meanwhile, other NAF air assets are available at nearby alternate airfields to hasten the process of restoring normalcy in the State, as might be necessary,’’ he said.

Adesanya said the exercise was in close coordination with surface forces deployed to the state.

Air Force Fires Boko Haram With Rockets, Kill Scores

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said that it has conducted air strikes against Boko Haram Terrorists killing scores of insurgents in the air operations.

Its Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that the air strikes were carried out after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform has established Boko Haram activities in the area.

AVM Adesanya said: “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in the night of 13 April 2018, successfully destroyed some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) vehicles at a location, about 12km East of AREGE, in the Lake Chad Region.

“Earlier on, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had discovered BHT activities, with some vehicles mounted with guns, moving within the location.

“Accordingly, the ATF detailed NAF Mi-35M Helicopter gunships to conduct Air Interdiction strikes to take out the targets.

“Overhead the location, the attack platform acquired, interdicted and neutralised the targets with rockets and cannons.

“The subsequent Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) revealed that at the end of the attack, a BHT gun truck, with its entire occupants, was completely destroyed and engulfed in fire. Another BHT vehicle was damaged and immobilised as a result of the attack while several BHTs were killed in the process.

“The NAF continues to provide adequate air support, through the ATF of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, by conducting a range of air operations to create the necessary environment for ground operations to continue apace.”

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Air Force Treats 200 IDP’s In Benue

The Nigerian Air Force has administered free treatment to no fewer than 200 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the flood in Benue.

Squadron Leader Jeremiah Amase, told the  Reporters on Monday in Makurdi that some of the patients were suffering from hypertension, Malaria, diarrhea, upper and lower respiratory infections among others.

The Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, had earlier inaugurated the “Medical Outreach Programme” to assist IDPs as part of the Nigerian Airforce’s ( NAF ) social responsibility to the people of the state.

Amase explained that the over 200 patients attended to responded to treatment.

He said that the clinic had not received any case beyond the medical team’s capability and commended the efforts of medical doctors from the Benue State University Makurdi for their collaboration.

He, however, disclosed that the major challenge facing the camp was lack of water and poor sanitation system which he said was being addressed.

Reports have it that the NAF is collaborating with the State Government, UNICEF and other international and local organizations to assist the flood victims.

Airman Who Killed Lover Sentenced To Death By Hanging

Justice has been served for Air Craft Woman (ACW) Oladipupo Sholape, the young lady who was shot dead by her lover Kalu Bernard. A General Court Martial, constituted by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has sentenced the young recruit, Air Craft Man (ACM) Kalu Bernard to death by hanging.

On the 12th of March 2017 bernard had shot and killed Oladipupo at her Corporal and Below Quarters, Compound 9, Air Force Base, Makurdi because he felt she was having an affair with another man.

According to reports twenty-one-year old Kalu was said to have, after breaking into Oladipupo’s home early hours of the fateful Sunday morning, shot her on the neck at close range, and also attempted to kill the other man whom he had suspected that she was having a love affair with.

But as fate would have it, his riffle got hooked when he cocked it a second time, giving the other man the opportunity to fight for his life by struggling the riffle with Kalu until he was able to disarm him after which he was later arrested and detained.

Reading out the almost 70 paged court findings which lasted for over two hours, the Judge Advocate, Flight Lt. MA Umoh listed the eight-count charges against Kalu to include murder, house breaking, personation, attempted murder, failure to perform military duty, loss of service property, disobedience of service order as well as prejudice of service discipline.

Umoh noted that the accused pleaded not guilty to all the eight count charges adding that prosecution brought 13 witnesses while three witnesses including the accused were called by the defence counsel.

He maintained further that even though prosecution found him guilty on all the eight count charges, defense, in closing their case, said prosecution had not proved the case beyond reasonable doubts.

The defense counsel, Abimiku Ewuga urged the court to temper justice with mercy in their sentence especially as the accused was a first time offender and the bread winner of his family.

Delivering judgement, President of the court, Gp. Capt. Elisha Bindul who found the accused guilty in six out of the eight-count charges proffered against him sentenced him to death by hanging subject to the confirmation of the conveying authority.

Ewuga, speaking with newsmen after the judgement said court has delivered her own judgement and had not erred in its decision but would surely move to the court of appeal as this general court marshal is not the final stage.