A personnel of the Nigerian Air Force’s Special Forces, Aircraftman Sunday Enwa, has been killed during an encounter with bandits at the Maje Riverline near Yar Katsina under Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The Director, NAF Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, also said that three other personnel were injured by the bandits.
According to the statement, the troops however neutralised about 30 bandits during the operation.
Mr Daramola added that the feat was achieved when the troops from Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) at Kekuwuje, Kwatarkwashi and Maru were mobilized in response to reports that scores of armed bandits, along with a large number of rustled livestock, were spotted heading towards Kekuwuje-Yar Kastina Road.
He said: “The troops made contact with the armed bandits along the Yar Katsina Road and overpowered them with superior firepower in the ensuing gun battle.
“The troops subsequently pursued the bandits and cornered them at the Maje Riverline, neutralizing 30 of them.
“Unfortunately, one NAF SF personnel, Aircraftman Sunday Enwa, who fought gallantly during the encounter, paid the supreme price while 3 others, who sustained gunshot wounds during the operation, have been evacuated for medical treatment.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of the fallen hero and prays that the Almighty God grants his soul peaceful repose.
“The CAS also urges all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the Northwest of all criminal elements,” the statement added