By Tordue Salem – Abuja
The House of Representatives Committee on Air Force has condemned the recent attack on troops of the 271 Nigerian Airforce Detachment, Birnin Gwari by armed bandits at Ungwan Yako along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road.
In a statement signed yesterday by the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Shehu Koko(APC-Kebbi) said: “The barbaric attack was targeted at innocent citizens in the community but for the gallant effort of the Force men”.
The lawmaker Representing Koko- Besse/Maiyama federal constituency of Kebbi State, on behalf of the Committee, I commiserated with the force’ personnel who paid the supreme price in the process.
“Members of the committee want to use this medium to condemn the attack of troops of the Air Force personnel and also commiserate with the force, the family of the fallen hero who died at the battlefield.
“This is sad news for us and to Nigeria as a whole as we look forward to a quick recovery for personnel who sustained several degrees of injury.”
Recall that on Friday the Air Force, through its Spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, revealed that “the troops were able to disperse the over 70 bandits who had laid an ambush, killing several in the process.
“Unfortunately, one NAF Personnel paid the supreme price in the process while some sustained varying degrees of injury.”
Dr Shehu Koko, however, called on the Chief of Air Staff Sadiq Abubakar, to redouble efforts in the fight against terrorism in the country.
“I want to assure the Chief of Air Force that the committee under my leadership will continue to pledge our parliamentary support to see that the force and other sister agencies are properly funded to enable them to discharge their duties.
“I also want to urge the Force to see their commitment as a duty to their fatherland and redouble effort in the fight terrorism.
“Let me on behalf of the committee commiserate especially with the family of the fallen hero and all officers, airmen and women as well as a civilian staff of the NAF”
“We pray Allah grants Aircraftman Mukhtar Ibrahim eternal rest.”