As part of its efforts to deal with contemporary security challenges in the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Monday, commissioned another Canine (K-9) Wing in Bauchi bringing to two, the number of K-9 Wings under the NAF 057 Provost Investigation Group.
A statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said prior to today’s commissioning, the NAF had trained 20 Air Provost personnel, alongside 20 Military Working Dogs (MWDs).
“The specialist trainings included explosive and narcotic substance detection, waterman-ship, navigation and rappelling.
“The establishment of the wing now brings to 40 the total number of MWDs inducted into the service since inception of the current NAF administration,” the statement said.
The statement said speaking while commissioning the K-9 wing, which comprises an administrative block, handler accommodation and Kennel Building, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, represented by the Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Mohammed Idris, stated that the commissioning was yet another milestone in the commitment of the NAF to opening and expanding new frontiers, towards providing the required secure environment for air operations to thrive.
“The NAF, for the first time, undertook the training and enlistment of 5 Special Operation Dogs to further push the options for engagement of MWD in the service. He attested to the impressive contributions and capabilities that the Special Operations MWDs have brought to NAF ground operations and Base Defence efforts as evidenced during the various counterterrorism exercises conducted by the service in 2019,” he said.