As part of efforts to ensure lasting peace in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has deployed an armed helicopter with force protection elements and other logistics support to Kafanchan, Kaduna South.
A statement by Olatokunbo Adesanya said the deployment was at the instance of the Chief of the Air Staff Sadique Abubakar.
Mr Adesanya, an air commodore, said it would complement the efforts of the surface forces already on ground to keep peace in the area.
“The personnel and other supporting staff will operate from a newly established NAF Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Kafanchan and will be reinforced with the NAF Special Forces to protect lives and property towards stopping the incessant clashes in the area.
“The NAF also recently deployed air assets and personnel to Takum, Taraba State to maintain peace and provide air cover for the ground troops in the area.
“It is equally worthy of note that the NAF has made appreciable contributions in different theatres of operations across the country and has also extended its reach.
“The latest expansion was the commissioning of 213 FOB in Katsina and the Quick Response Wing (QRW) in Daura as part of its continued efforts to extend the reach of the NAF to the Northwest Geopolitical Zone thus reducing the NAF’s response time to crisis situations in the Zone.
“It will be recalled that lately, Kajuru Local Government in Southern Kaduna erupted in violence due to communal clashes in which lives and property were lost,” Mr Adesanya added.