Zamfara State Government has seemed for more support from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminally in the state.
The plea was made by the state deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad when he received the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar who was in a working visit to the state.
He commended the Air Force for playing active roles in the current fight against bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminals in the state.
“We recognise your efforts especially in protection of lives and properties through the air operations against the criminals, but we are calling on you to do more to finally eliminate crimes out of our state”, he pleaded.
Wakkala reiterated the state government’s readiness in supporting security agencies in the state to ensure effective protection of lives and properties in the state.
Earlier, Air Marshal Abubakar said that the federal government in the last three years has procured 18 new brand of aircrafts and reactivated 13 old ones for the Nigerian Air Force for effective air operations.
The CAS said he is in Zamfara to check the NAF operations activities in the state with a view of improving their capacity in order to make the operations effectively.
“Apart from our personnel on special forces in line with the Defence Headquarters Operations, I have directed the posting of additional NAF personnel to Zamfara. I have also directed the immediate movement of Air force assets from some complicit zones areas to Zamfara”, he said.
Saddique assured that with all measures put in place by the Nigerian Air Force, it operations would improve and the fight against banditry and other crimes will be eliminated.