The British Government on Thursday, confirmed that it had deployed its Royal Air Force to Nigeria.
According to a statement made available to DAILY POST, Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, requested for the deployment.
Abubakar explained that the request was necessary, to forestall possible attacks on the country’s airbases.
The British government stated that a 66-person Short Term Training Team from “No 5 Royal Air Force (RAF) Force Protection Wing was deployed from RAF Lossiemouth to Nigeria for a six-week period to train the Nigerian Air Force Regiment.”
Speaking on the development, Abubakar said: “Given the importance of bases in the airpower delivery matrix, it is not inconceivable to expect our adversaries to target our airbases. As a matter of fact, we have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases.
“All these reinforce the need to emplace a robust base defence concept that is capable of providing guidance for responding to a wide range of situations that may threaten our bases.”
The Officer Commanding 5 Force Protection Wing, Wing, Commander John Rees, also expressed the UK Government’s readiness to support Nigeria.
“We are delighted to be here again and, as always, humbled by the warmth of the Nigerian welcome. We are proud of our Royal Air Force heritage and the opportunity to represent our service in the Defence Engagement arena,” Rees stated.