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Insecurity: NAF to deploy 171 special forces operatives – Chief of Air Staff

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, has revealed that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has trained 171 special forces operatives to be deployed in troubled areas across the country to help to combat insecurity, including insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes.

Air Mashal Amao stated this at the graduation ceremony of 171 Special Forces Course 9/2021 held at the NAF Special Operations Command, Bauchi.

He informed that his vision when he assumed office as the Chief of Air Staff was to enhance and sustain critical airpower capabilities required for joint force employment in pursuit of national security imperatives.

According to him, one of the key drivers of the vision was purposeful training and human capacity development

“Accordingly, we have sustained the drive to ensure that our personnel are well trained both at home and overseas.

“In line with this, today 171 special operatives shall be graduating. These personnel will subsequently be deployed to our various theatres for force protection, personnel recovery and other direct-action tasks as required for the projection of airpower as required by operational exigencies,” the NAF boss said.

While saying that NAF bases and air assets have been targets of attacks from insurgents following successes recorded by its personnel in the fight against insurgency, banditry and other crimes, Amao declared that, that would not undermine its efforts to fight the enemy.

He added that NAF’s successes in neutralising insurgents and bandits’ capabilities have resulted in greatly degrading their operational capacity.

He said, “our successes in shaping the battle space and neutralising adversary capabilities have resulted in greatly degrading operational capacity of bandits and insurgents in different operational theatres.

“Indeed, our ability to respond immediately have been key to quelling various hostile attacks on the civil populace. Accordingly, our ability to conduct air operations without hostile inference provides a foundation for our successes.

“Our successes, however, have rendered our bases, personnel and other air assets as significant targets for insurgents’ attacks.”

He added that to sustain the tempo, “NAF requires well trained and motivated special forces to adequately protect its assets while carrying out other tasks in line with our operational exigencies”.

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The CAS, therefore, expressed optimism that the graduating students had acquired the basic skills and techniques required to conduct special operations pursuant to achieving NAF’s operational objectives.

Such special operations, Amao declared, were critical, given the asymmetric security threats Nigeria was battling with today, saying that the threats required the armed forces’, including NAF, interventions.

He urged the graduating students of Special Forces Course 9/2021 to exhibit what they learnt during the course whenever and wherever duty calls.

“This call will require you to exhibit courage, commitment and loyalty in the discharge of your duties.

“Once deployed, you are implored to treat the local populace with utmost respect as your task is to protect them from hostile threat.

“I know that military operations are normally clouded by a fog, making it difficult to discern the best course of action. In such situations, let our core values of ‘Integrity First, Service before self and Excellence in all we do’ guide you towards the best course of action and you will surely succeed,” he charged the graduands.

Earliee in his welcome address, the Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Frank Oparah, informed that a total of 342 NAF personnel were screened for the Special Forces Course 9, 2021 (SF9/2021), but only 197 were picked to start the course.

He added that at the end of the training, only 171 personnel comprising three officers, 167 airmen and one airwoman graduated, which he said was a success rate of about 48 per cent.

Oparah said that special forces operations were characterised by speed, precision and destabilising shock effects and perseverance, saying these required forces specially selected to ensure the attainment of desired results.

“These types of operations are even more important now considering that present threats to our national security are from non-state actors waging terrorist and insurgent campaigns against the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“As such these newly bred operatives would be employed as part of our offensive to ensure normalcy and calm are restored to restive communities within Nigeria,” Oparah said.

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Simba TVS launches next generation tricycle

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Simba TVS, Nigeria’s leading tricycle company has launched the brand new TVS King Deluxe+ tricycle, with revolutionary iTouch technology. Aimed at creating an easier, safer and more comfortable riding experience, the innovative new starting system of the vehicle is a product of extensive research and development by TVS Motor Company – one of the world’s largest two- and three-wheeler companies.

At a glittering event held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, the Simba Group launched the TVS King Deluxe+ with iTouch, which contains several upgraded features and enhancements over existing models, with the revolutionary new starting system forming the cornerstone of this next generation vehicle.

This iTouch feature assures a one-touch noiseless start and is made possible as a result of a new starting system that completely eliminates the starter motor. This not only reduces the frequency of wear on parts, but also reduces fuel consumption resulting in significantly reduced operating costs of the vehicle. The rider also enjoys a starting mechanism that is more convenient and comfortable, and an enhanced riding experience overall as a result.

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Speaking at the event, Mr Mahendra Pratap, Business Head at Simba TVS said, “We are extremely happy to launch the TVS King Deluxe+ iTouch in Nigeria today. As the first and only tricycle manufacturer worldwide to have this patented and revolutionary technology we are very excited about the benefits that will be experienced by our riders, our fleet owners and our mechanic community. Once again, Simba TVS has driven the agenda in terms of innovation in this market, and we remain committed to not only bringing the best technology and products to Nigeria, but continuing to invest in the spares network and after-sales service, which has become the hallmark of our success over the last twenty years in this industry.”

This is another feather in the cap for Simba TVS who earlier this year won the “Tricycle of the Year Award” in addition to various other awards for manufacturing excellence, service and also commendation for their contribution to socio-economic improvement of Nigeria.

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Ondo missing child: Blood of those behind my ordeal will decay – Prophet Alfa

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Following the Court of Appeal judgment, which overturned the life imprisonment conviction of the founder of Sobitobire Praising Chapel, Prophet Babatunde Alfa by an Ondo State High Court, the Prophet has finally left the Olokuta Correctional facility, Akure, the state capital.

While stepping out of the facility, Prophet Alfa, who rained curses on those behind his ordeal, stated that the blood and water in their body will decay.

The Akure division of the Appeal Court had on December 3, 2021 set free Prophet Alfa after faulting the circumstantial evidence upon which he was convicted over the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole in his Church in November 2019.

Prophet Alfa, who perfected all his exit papers from the prison on Tuesday evening, had been in prison since December 2019 when his trial started.

The Prophet, who looked more fresh and chubby, was received at the entrance of the correctional centre by his counsel, Akinyele Omoware, as well as members of his immediate family led by his wife, Bisola.

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The Prophet, who was elated, said “I’m free, I’m now a free man. God pulled me out with mercy. I’m delivered from the walls of prison. He delivered me from false accusations. God delivered from the tribulation of envy.

“I was picked from the Church straight to prison. This tribulation started on a Sunday service. I have cried to God to expose all those behind the matter. No matter how powerful they are, Jesus will expose them. The blood and water in their body will begin to decay.

“Any man or woman involved in how I was sent to prison without doing the proper investigation will soon be exposed. God I thank you, thank you Jesus.”

Meanwhile, members of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel have converged on the church in their numbers to give a rousing welcome to their prophet who has been in incarceration for almost two years.

Justice Olusegun Odusola of the Ondo State High Court had on October 6, 2020 sentenced Prophet Alfa to life imprisonment over what he described as his complicity in the mysterious disappearance of the 13-month-old boy in his church at Oshinle quarters, Akure.

Prophet Alfa, who was sentenced by the lower court alongside five workers of his church on a two-count charge of conspiracy as well as aiding and abetting kidnapping, had approached the Appeal Court to nullify the life imprisonment sentence.

Recall that trouble started for the Prophet following a petition to the Department of State Security, DSS, by parents of the missing boy who cried out that they could not find their son after dropping him at the church’s children department on November 10, 2019.

The situation reached its crescendo on December 18, 2019, when angry youths attacked and razed the church over rumours that the corpse of the missing baby had been exhumed from the church’s altar.

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NWFL bans Osogbo stadium from hosting matches over deplorable condition

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The Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) has declared that the Osogbo Township Stadium is no longer suitable to host any of its league matches in the state.

This was made known in a letter dated December 6, 2021, with reference number NWFL/COO/ADM/NWPC/Vol.1/189 and signed by Modupe Shabi, its Chief Operating Officer.

According to the letter, the decision to declare the stadium unfit for league matches was arrived at after an inspection of the structure.

The letter, which declared that the current state of the stadium is not good enough to host any of the NWFL matches until it is fixed, also stated that the body hoped that the necessary facelift will be carried out on the stadium facility.

As a result of the directive, all home matches of the Osun Babes Football Club in the 2021/2022 NWFL Premiership Season will be played at the Lanre Leke Stadium, Ile-Ogbo, Osun State.

Reacting, a former Osun United Football Club press officer and Secretary, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun Chapter, Tajudeen Ahmad, stated that there are certain standard requirements for approval of home venues for clubs.

Ahmad added that if this were not met, appropriate sanctions was expected from the league management as in the case of Osun Babes.

In his words, “I could remember the last time NFF President, Amaju Pinnick came to Osogbo. He wasn’t satisfied with the condition of the pitch and promised to inform the Governor about it but nothing has been done up till now.”

While lamenting that it is unfortunate that Osun cannot have a standard stadium in spite of the high level of the state’s involvement in sports and the number of budding talents it has produced, Ahmad stressed that good performance of players and clubs is a function of a good pitch.

Expressing optimism that that state government will find a solution to the current problem, the Osun SWAN scribe noted that it is a challenge on those at the helms of affairs to do something on the pitch, dressing room and other areas identified by the NWFL.

“I hope there won’t be a double standard by NWFL cos there are many stadiums not up to the standard of Osogbo Township Stadium in Nigeria and league matches are approved to be played there. They should maintain fairness and justice in their decision to all teams,” he said.

The impact of the change in match venue he highlighted will be that Osun Babes will miss the support of many Osogbo fans, unfamiliar pitch in Ile-Ogbo, business opportunities near the Osogbo stadium will be negatively impacted.

Others he stated include; the stress of travelling between Osogbo and Ile-Ogbo for the players and loss of revenue for the FA and Sports Council due to free entrance to the match arena.

 

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