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Nasarawa gets Air Force’s quick response wing


Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is to establish a quick response wing (QRW) in Nasarawa as part of efforts to check clashes between herdsmen and farmers as well as secure the border communities of the state.

The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, who was in Lafia to finalise the arrangement, expressed hope that the presence of the force would bring peace to the state.

He said: “Our decision to establish the proposed unit of the force is as a result of the analysis conducted in the first quarter which has compelled us to take a quick response.

“We will deploy about 150 of our officers who are graduating on the 23rd of this month to this unit. All personnel are on ground to commence work immediately.

“We will also construct some helipads to enable us move our operational equipment and embark on some form of medical support to citizens in villages where such services are needed.

“Our men will be stationed in villages to boost their moral and give them every necessary protection.

He assured the law enforcement personnel of his continued support in a bid to end the conflicts as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the state.

Also, a statement yesterday in Abuja by NAF’s spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the force had established 10 new units in the last two years to add value to the nation’s internal security, disclosing of plans to erect a Forward Operational Base in Taraba State with a view to creating a conducive environment for Nigerians to peacefully transact businesses.

Responding, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura thanked the military chief for the move, pledging that the state government would accord the force the needed support.

His words: “We are ready to partner with the Air Force given their achievements in the fight against insurgents in the country.”

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