NAF deploys 200 personnel to Northeast to combat insurgency

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has stated that it will deploy an additional 200 personnel to the Northeast in the bid to close the war on insurgency in the region.

The personnel who are newly graduated from the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) Kaduna were trained in collaboration with the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) in basic regiment skills and knowledge to enable them meet the complex demands of emerging security challenges.

The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI) Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa in a statement on Wednesday said 200 airmen and five Officers went through the 5-month Basic Regiment Courses at the RTC.

Famuyiwa said an additional 35 members of Defence Headquarters Special Forces were trained in rappelling to impart in them the basic insertion/extraction skills for special operations.

“The objective of the basic courses is to impart the participants with basic regiment skills and knowledge to enable them meet the complex demands of emerging security challenges. BMATT handled the airfield defence and force protection aspects of the training that lasted for 6 weeks,” he said.

The RTC has trained a total of 518 officers and men since establishment on 20 January 2016. Earlier in the year, the RTC in collaboration with BMATT, had graduated two batches of students
totaling 313 including NAF officers, airmen and airwomen as well as personnel from the Nigerian Navy and Defence Headquarters.

Famuyiwa: “ The new graduands are expected to be deployed to the North East to boost the current strength of personnel involved in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.”

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