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Zimbabwe seeks assistance from Air Force

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By Timothy Akintola

NAF lauded for recording huge success in transforming its indigenous capacity.

The Nigerian Air Force has experienced significant improvements in their mode of operations by strengthening safety standards in the airspace. As a result, the Commander of the Zimbabwean Air Force, Air Marshal Elson Moyo, has expressed his country’s intention to explore any technical succour from the Nigerian Air Force. This request was made known during his visit to the office of Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, at the NAF headquarters in Abuja.

Air Commodore Ayodele Famuyiwa, the Director of NAF’s Public Relations and Information disclosed this in a released statement on Wednesday. The Zimbabwean Air Chief noted their request for technical assistance in research areas and development, unmanned aerial vehicle technology and maintenance of F7 and Mi-35 aircraft. Moyo indicated that the NAF, in a short while, had recorded immense success in transforming its indigenous capacity. This, he noted, would provide the necessary motivation for the AFZ, in their bid to address their technical problems.

Collaboration will salvage Africa’s numerous security challenges.

Moyo thus commended the NAF’s commitment to supporting the AFZ, acknowledging the quality trainings received by the first batch of Zimbabwean pilots in the 1980s. This, he stated, led to the decision to seek an improved synergy with the NAF for capacity development. Amao, after pointing out that the NAF was willing to also forge a mutually benefiting relationship with the AFZ, also disclosed that the NAF was collaborating with numerous African countries, indicating its intention to further partner with other countries willing to collaborate with the force.

This partnership, he indicated, was the major solution to salvaging the numerous security challenges ravaging the continent. The NAF Chief of Staff further added that partnership in the fields of training, technology transfer and technical assistance would improve the capabilities of African countries to be independent and self-sufficient in the drive for a progressive continent. Reports indicate that the AFZ Air Chief is presently on a one week visit in Nigeria, where he would visit different NAF units, including the North East units.

Insurgents surrender, due to the applied kinetic and non kinetic measures.

The North East Rebuild Initiative, known to be a non-governmental organization as commended the present De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programs for the surrendered and repentant terrorists in the North East region. Mr. Gambo Katagum, the president of the organization, attributed the major surrender of insurgents to the kinetic and non-kinetic applications measures employed by the military. He noted that the war against insurgency was now more positive since Gen. Lucky Irabor assumed office as the Chief of Defense Staff.

He disclosed that at least, 51,828 terrorists and their families had surrendered between July 2021 and May 2022, attributing this feat to the immense efforts being undertaken to restore peace and stability in the country. Katagum thus expressed his optimism at the prospect of other insurgents also surrendering, with the current onslaught by the troops of the armed forces. He indicated that the troops of Operation Hadin Kai had killed an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram perpetrators, after successfully raiding about six camps within Borno.

Katagum urges remaining insurgents to lay down their weapons immediately.

Similarly, troops of 222 battalion were reported to have killed numerous members of the ISWAP Terrorist Group in the Konduga area of Borno. Some troops were again reported to have repelled the ISWAP’s attack on a military base in the !North East. The troops were said to have overwhelmed the terrorists in a gun duel, killing about eight of them. Katagum urged the remaining insurgents to surrender, as the military would not permit form of disruption against the peace and stability in the country.

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