Following allegations of accidental strikes on civilians all through operations of the Nigerian Air Force; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, talked about he has prepare a committee of officers to compile all of the complaints for proper investigations and analysis of the circumstances major to such strikes.
Amao, who acknowledged this on Thursday via the ability operation seminar with the theme: “Harnessing Nigerian Air Force Combat Experience in Joint Military Operations for Doctrinal Development,” held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, talked about the investigations turned essential to lower harm to civilians in battle areas all through Air operations.
He talked about mitigating civilian casualties was half of NAF’s mission goals, subsequently, the officers ought to assure it is upheld.
According to him, “I strongly contemplate that the efforts to mitigate civilian casualties are a direct reflection of our values as a Service, as doing so is a strategic and moral essential. You ought to subsequently bear in mind that taking relevant measures to lower civilian casualties can further NAF’s mission goals; help hold the assistance of weak populations; and enhance the legitimacy and sustainability of NAF operations necessary to Nigeria’s nationwide security.
“Previously we now have had allegations of accidental strikes on civilians levelled in opposition to the NAF. Concerned by the need for additional measures to lower harm to civilians in battle areas, I not too way back instituted a committee of officers to compile all allegations of accidental strikes on civilians as well as to analysis the circumstances major to such strikes.
“This is with a view to proffering far-reaching solutions that would mitigate future incidences of collateral damage on civilians during NAF operations. Considering the importance of equipment and manning to doctrinal development, there has been sustained drive to ensure requisite equipment and crew availability for the safe conduct of operations.”
The Chief of Air Staff moreover launched that the Force would take provide of additional fighter helicopters from the Federal Government by December 2022 for teaching and struggle readiness of the Nigerian Air Force.
He listed the aircrafts that had been anticipated to embrace: 2 Agusta 109 Trekker multi-role helicopters, 2 Beechcraft King Air 360, 4 Diamond DA-62 surveillance airplane, 3 Wing Loong II UCAVs and 6 T-129 ATAK helicopters.
Others embrace: 2 CASA-295 medium airlift/surveillance airplane, 12 AH-1Z assault helicopters and 24 M-346 assault airplane.
Amao moreover disclosed that the Operatives have been prepared to neutralize the actions of terrorists throughout the nation through intensive air interdiction of their locations and providers.
He added that the persistent strikes by the Air Force have not solely degraded the sources of the bandits nonetheless have disrupted their present strains and denied them of their freedom of movement.
He talked about the terrorists have been surrendering in droves to Air troops due to the unbearable hardship meted out to them by the combined kinetic efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
The Air Chief moreover congratulated the newly winged youthful pilots and urged them to be prepared for the obligation ahead of their operational environment.
“Like I advised over the past winging ceremony, you ought to be relentless throughout the pursuit of excellence and professionalism, whereas working collectively along with your colleagues all through completely different specialties throughout the Service.
“Let me use this opportunity to remind you that in the conduct of NAF operations, we must always adhere to laid down Rules of Engagement. It is mandatory that we also protect civilians and minimize civilian casualties during our operations.” Amao advised.
Declaring the event open, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel who was the actual customer of honour emphasised on the importance of operation seminars in every organisation saying that it minimizes the extent of operational errors in such establishments.
He moreover recommended the administration of the present Air Marshal saying that the ability has lived up to its statutory obligations.