The Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in Abuja that “over 60,000km forest is being painstakingly patrolled day and night by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to deny the fleeing insurgents the opportunity to regroup”.
“It is also meant to stop them from any attack against host communities and the surface troops, who are on clearance operation,” he said.
In a similar operation, NAF had deployed ISR platforms for surveillance activities over Samaru, Katab, Zonkwa, Kafanchan and other troubled areas in Southern part of Kaduna State, including the Kaduna metropolis.
Famuyiwa explained that the ongoing air operation was aimed at supporting the surface forces as well as restoring confidence in the people living in the affected areas.
It is also designed to locate the hideouts used by criminal elements and bandits within the troubled areas.
Famuyiwa added that aside employing air power to flush out the bandits, NAF also depend on the intelligence gathered from its ISR operations to land forces to aid the conduct of the entire operations.
The military recently took over Sambisa forest, the last fortress of Boko Haram insurgents, effectively dislodging them from having any base to operate.