The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has led a delegation of senior Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officers on a visit to India to seek for avenues to strengthen strategic partnerships for capacity building and Research and Development (R&D) with a view to further boosting the NAF’s operational effectiveness in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.
According to the statement released by NAF’s director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the visit by NAF delagation which is holding from 11 – 14 November 2019, is at the instance of the Indian Government through an invitation extended by the CAS of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola stating further, said while in India, Air Marshal Abubakar, who has already paid formal courtesy calls on the IAF CAS and the Deputy Chief of the Indian Army, will hold several other high level meetings as well as visit some IAF Bases and facilities in the Country.
“The CAS was received on arrival in Delhi, the Indian capital, by a delegation from IAF and the Defence Adviser (DA) at Nigeria’s High Commission, Navy Commodore Olusegun Fereira, as well as the DAs of Senegal, Niger Republic, Ghana and Egypt. Those accompanying the CAS on the visit include the Chief of Training and Operations Headquarters (HQ) NAF, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao, and the Chief of Logistics HQ NAF, AVM Mohammed Yakubu, among others” the NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola had stated on Tuesday.