Monday, December 9, 2013
How we killed Boko Haram terrorists –CAS
attack on its base in Maiduguri last week, confirming that many of the
insurgents were killed.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh, who spoke with
journalists in Lagos on the incident, said many of the insurgents met
their untimely death from the superior fire power of the military
while some were killed by the locals.
Air Marshall Badeh, who lamented the incident, said most of the
equipment destroyed by the insurgents had been replaced, saying
normalcy had returned to the base.
The Air Force chief said the force had reassessed the situation at the
NAF base in Maiduguri and that appropriate measures had been taken to
ensure that such did not occur again.
Marshal Badeh, whospeake at the commissioning of the additional blocks
of classroom and shops at the Vocational and ICT Centre built by the
Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), under the
leadership of the National President, Mrs. Mary Badeh, said: "We have
visited the area and have reassessed the situation. We have put
appropriate measures on ground despite our losses. We have replaced
what was damaged and we have resumed work."
Speaking on the efforts by NAFOWA and the graduation of 135 students
of Batch C, he said: "They are doing a good job of getting people off
the streets. These people could have chosen to be area boys and girls
but here they are learning.
"If we can get them off the streets, we won't have criminals and
thieves. May your hands never grow weary as you continue to groom
In her speech, Mrs. Badeh said: "This occasion marks the high point of
efforts embarked upon by NAFOWA in empowering our youths through
purposeful training and skills acquisition.
"The vocational and ICT Centre over the years have trained youths in
various skills thereby empowering them and making life more meaningful
for them and their families.
"Our efforts have been rewarding and this has seen to the influx of
students who subscribed to the programmes of the centre. The
affiliation of the centre to the Federal Technical College
(Technical), Akoka in Yaba is a testimony.
"This has also seen the population of the students out growing the
classroom accommodation at the centre. The need to provide a conducive
learning environment encouraged us to embark on the construction of
additional classrooms that we are commissioning today."