Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has appealed to the Chief of Air Staff to deploy special troops to tackle kidnapping along Kaduna-Abuja highway and in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
He stated this while inaugurating the detachment of the 271 Nigerian Air Force in Birnin Gwari, in Kaduna State.
The 271 NAF detachment is the brain child of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, designed to combat insecurity in the area.
El-Rufai also lauded the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Jibril Zubairu Maigwari II, for donating part of his land for the Air Force base.
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to total defeat of all forms of terrorism in the country.
The governor said, “The establishment of the 271 NAF Detachment Birnin Gwari is therefore timely, as it will further boost the ongoing Operation Diran Mikiya, Operation Sharan Daji and play a very crucial role in restoring and maintaining the peace in all affected areas.
“While we recognise the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, we also want to appeal to the Chief of Air Staff to approve the deployment of NAF Special Forces to the Abuja-Kaduna road to participate in the new Joint security operations aimed at confronting the prevalence of banditry and kidnapping that has bedeviled the road for the last two years.”
“All the insecurity menace will soon be over. The present All Progresives Congress is focused on ensuring that Nigerians are proud of their country.
“The prevalence of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping has increased in recent times. And we are grateful that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, particularly the NAF, is boosting security operations and developing even more effective strategies to end this menace.
Earlier in his address, the CAS said the NAF was committed to safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country.
He said, “The NAF is committed to seeing that the territorial integrity of our dear country is preserved as this is the only country we can call our own. It is our desire, therefore, to ensure that the menace of terrorism, kidnapping, cattle rustling and banditry are curtailed, if not completely eradicated.
“The inauguration of 271 NAF Detachment Birnin Gwari is a testimony of the NAF commitment to the fight against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.”