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Former NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Maigida, Slumps, Dies In Abuja

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Former NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Maigida, Slumps, Dies In Abuja

The immediate past Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Commodore Wapkerem Maigida, is dead.

Maigida reportedly slumped and died on Sunday, April 2, 2023, in Abuja.

Former DOPRI, Group Captain Sadeeq Shehu (rtd), also confirmed the news on his Facebook page, saying: “I join the Chief of the Air Staff, officers and men and DOPRI personnel to mourn the death of Air Commodore Wap Maigida. A dependable subordinate to his superiors and a compassionate superior to his subordinates.”

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The deceased assumed office as DOPRI on January 6, 2023, taking over from his predecessor, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who is now the Commander 551 NAF Station, Jos.

Coincidentally, Air Commodore Maigida handed over to Air Commodore Gabkwet as Commander NAF Station Jos.

Maigida was also a former Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep, former Chief of the Air Staff.

The officer, who is the 18th DOPRI, was a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

A member of 42 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Air Cdre Wapkerem Maigida, was commissioned into the NAF in 1995.

The senior officer holds a Master of Science Degree in Security and Strategic Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History both from NDA.

He equally obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Advertisement from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.

Notable among the military courses attended by Air Cdre Maigida include National Defence Course at the National Defence College Nigeria and the Air War Course at Air Force War College in Makurdi, Benue State.

He attended the Junior Staff Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna and the Senior Staff Course at the Air Force Command College in Beijing, China.

The senior officer also attended the International Public Affairs Officers course at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre in Sweden, Civil-Military Relations/Cooperation Course at Indonesian National Defence Forces Peacekeeping Centre, Indonesia and the Deputy Spokesman Course at the Joint Information Activities Group, Royal Air Force Base, Halton, United Kingdom.

Prior to his recent appointment, Air Cdre Maigida was Commander, 551 NAF Station, Jos. The senior officer served as Acting Director and Deputy Director, Defence Information at Defence Headquarters, Deputy Director of Public Relations and Information and Deputy Director Civil-Military Relations both at HQ NAF.

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Defence Headquarters says operational adjustments have been made by the military to prioritise protection for farmers to ensure a successful rainy season farming.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known on Friday in Abuja while giving updates on the operations of the armed forces.

Buba said the armed forces had intensified intelligence collection effort targeted at hunting terrorists and striking them where they may be hiding and hibernating.

He said the aim was to eliminate the terrorists and the infrastructure that supports their activities.

According to him, troops will continue to employ significant firepower to neutralise terrorists and disrupt their activities across the country.

“Winning the war against the terrorist is non-negotiable,” he said.

Buba said the troops had, in different operations, neutralised 220, apprehended 395 suspects and rescued 202 kidnapped hostages in the last one week.

He added that troops recovered 432 assorted weapons and 9,004 assorted ammunition comprising three PKT guns, one G3 rifle, 83 AK47 rifles and 18 locally-fabricated guns.

Also recovered were 16 dane guns, 14 RPG bombs, one RPG launcher, two tear gas launchers, 234 smoke grenades and one bandolier.

Others include 5,893 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,064 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 401 rounds of 9mm ammo, 200 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 154 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 195 live cartridges, and 17 magazines.

In the North-East, Buba said, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 98 suspects and rescued 61 kidnappers hostages.

Assorted arms were also recovered, he added.

In the North-Central, troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 37 insurgents, arrested 102 violent extremists and rescued 113 kidnapped hostages, he said.

In the North-West, Buba said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch, neutralised 78 terrorists, arrested 103 terrorists and rescued 68 kidnapped hostages.

Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 105 illegal refining sites with 51 dugout pits, 38 boats and 51 storage tanks.

He said the troops also recovered 215 cooking ovens, two speedboats, 44 drums, three tug boats, three barges, four wheelbarrows, one outboard engine, 15 vehicles, three motorcycles and six mobile phones.

According to him, troops recovered 1.09 million litres of stolen crude oil, 1.1 million litres of illegally refined AGO, 27,350 litres of DPK and 150 litres of PMS.

“Troops also arrested 55 perpetrators of oil theft and denied the oil thieves an estimated sum of N1.8 billion,” he said.

In the South-East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 22 terrorists, arrested 37 violent extremists, rescued 15 kidnapped hostages and also recovered a large cache of arms.

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NAF Set to Establish Permanent Base in Abia State, Boosting Security and Development

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to establish a permanent presence in Abia State, bolstering security and development in the region. This was announced after a meeting between Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, and Governor Alex Otti on June 7, 2024.

The NAF base will not only enhance airspace security but also provide support in emergency response, disaster management, and community development initiatives. The establishment of the base is timely, as the Federal Government has approved the construction of an air strip in the State, which will accommodate the NAF base.

Governor Otti praised the development, promising temporary facilities and resources for immediate operationalization. He also increased the bounty for information on those responsible for the killing of soldiers in May 2024 from N25 million to N30 million.

The presence of NAF in Abia State is expected to bolster the efforts of other security agencies, ensuring sustainable growth, development, and prosperity for the people of Abia State.

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Military restates commitment to defending Nigeria’s sovereignty, says its not involved in aiding terrorism

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The Armed Forces of Nigeria has restated its commitment to defend the sovereignty of Nigeria while protecting the lives and properties of the citizens against all odds. In a statement responding to a weighty allegation made by the Governor of Katsina State Governor Dikko Radda, the Defence Headquarters emphasized its subordination to elected government representatives and expressed utmost respect for the relationship between the military and civilian authorities while addressing the claims against the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN). Governor Radda alleged during an interview on the Channels television programme ‘Politics Today’ on April 5, 2024, that the military is aiding and profiting from terrorism activities in Katsina State.

Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba said, in light of Governor Radda’s accusations, the AFN chose not to engage in a public dispute but instead encouraged the Governor to present evidence to the military high command to substantiate his claims.

Led by Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa OFR, the AFN has continued to reiterate its commitment to maintaining discipline and combating criminality during operations nationwide. The military stated that it maintains a zero-tolerance policy for indiscipline and misconduct, with standing court martials in place to address any misbehavior that reflects negatively on the military in the eyes of the public.

Despite the allegations, the AFN asserted its focus on its mission and vowed to continue operations and efforts in the fight against terrorism without being deterred. The military reassured the public that it remains steadfast in its duties and urged citizens to take ownership of the Armed Forces while reporting any observed misconduct within the ranks to the appropriate military justice system.

The AFN called upon media outlets to disseminate this information to raise awareness among the public, emphasizing the collaborative effort required to uphold the integrity and effectiveness of the Nigerian military.

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