The Nigerian Air Force has deployed some of its air assets and personnel to Jos, the Plateau State capital, to support Operation SAFE HAVEN in order to maintain peace and curtail what it described as senseless killings as well as possible spread of violence in some parts of the State.
According to a statement, the deployment was ordered by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in compliance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that an end is put to the current spate of violence and killings in the state.
The deployment is also to ensure the prevention of reprisal attacks, which could escalate the conflict.
The statement further said the NAF remains focused on its primary responsibility of ensuring the security of the citizenry while continuing to count on their support and understanding.
The deployed NAF assets include the L-39ZA aircraft and the EC-135 helicopter, which are to provide necessary air cover to the surface forces participating in the Operation in the State.
Meanwhile, the new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Nuratu Batagarawa, has commended the Nigerian Air Force for its transformational and developmental strides.
Batagarawa, who led other directors in the MOD to NAF Headquarters, Abuja on a familiarization visit, pledged the continuous support of the Ministry to the NAF to achieve its constitutional mandate noting that neither of the two organizations could function effectively without the other.
In his response, the Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar stated that the complex and very complicated security issues in the 21st Century required strategic partnership and collaboration.
He promised to continue to work closely with the Ministry.
The new Permanent Secretary took over from her predecessor, Ambassador Danjuma Sheni, on October 9, 2017.