We’re ever ready to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity, says Air Chief

  • As Iran builds third underground ballistic missile factory: Fars news agency

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar said yesterday that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) “is ever ready to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity”.

The Chief of Air Staff’s statement is coming barely a week after Chief of Army Staff  Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai disclosed that some unscrupulous politicians had been approaching his officers for political assistance.

Air Marshal Abubakar told his officers and men in Kaduna  during the second quarter meeting that the Air Force must continue to carry out its constitutional duties professionally and ensure that territorial integrity is not undermined by any group or groups.

“We are more than ever committed to defend the territorial integrity of this country.” Air Marshal Abubakar said, adding:

“We are also more than ever committed to monitor oil criminals and other activities challenging smooth running of the country. We are going to equip the various units so they can perform there roles effectively.”

The CAS who also commissioned the newly rehabilitated 401 flights control tower, said the new structure and the modern equipment therein will assist greatly the operation of the flying training school.

In the meantime, Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile programmes, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

Fars quoted the head of the Republican Guard’s airspace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, as saying, “”Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years.

“We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully.”

Since taking office in January, U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to Tehran’s recent missile launches, putting Tehran “on notice”.

Iran’s Sunni Gulf neighbours and its arch-enemy Israel have expressed concerns over Tehran’s ballistic missile programme, seeing it as a threat to regional security.

“It is natural that our enemies America and the Zionist regime (Israel) are angry with our missile program because they want Iran to be in a weak position,” Hajizadeh said.

In retaliation for the new U.S. sanctions, Iran had added nine American individuals and companies to its own list of 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperation with Israel.

Additional report from Nation