The Nigerian Air Force said its 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) in Gusau, Zamfara state has arrested 16 suspected armed bandits while participating in the ongoing Operation SHARAN DAJI.
The outgoing Commander of the Unit, Group Captain Caleb Olayera, disclosed this while receiving the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was on an operational tour of the NAF unit in Gusau.
The visit by the CAS, who also announced the deployment of more air assets to support the Operation, was part of measures being taken to add value to the current security architecture in Zamfara State in terms of air operations and NAF Special Forces Operations, NAF spokesperson, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement.
He said, according to Olayera, aside from its ground operations, 207 QRG had been conducting air operations such as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, armed reconnaissance and Close Air Support, as part of its contributions to the DHQ-led Operation SHARAN DAJI.
“He further revealed that in the course of its operations, 207 QRG had also arrested a major hard drugs dealer, who was promptly handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution.
In addition, the Unit had recovered 3 guns, 7 cartridges and a magazine loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition from suspected armed bandits.
“Furthermore, the NAF Unit had rescued 3 injured villagers at Boko Village as well as 5 policemen held hostage, in addition to liberating 3 kidnapped victims.
The outgoing Commander thereafter briefed the CAS on challenges, which if resolved, would further add impetus to the ongoing operations,” he said.
Adesanya said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in his speech, commended the personnel of 207 QRG for their efforts so far in seeking to restore peace to Zamfara State.
“He saluted their constant bravery in the face of danger while reminding them that, as trained soldiers, they had a responsibility to protect the lives and properties of innocent Nigerians.
“He assured the personnel that the Nation appreciates their daily sacrifices and that President Muhammadu Buhari, in particular, was very mindful of them.
The CAS announced some new steps being taken by the Federal Government to enhance their welfare,” he said.