War Against Boko Haram To Gain Boost; As Nigerian Airforce Engage Isreali Experts To Train Personnel
The Nigerian Air Force on Friday 4th August, said the Israeli security experts, who were brought in to
train 450 personnel, were engaged due to the recurring insurgents’ attacks on military bases in the
North-East, among other reasons.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed
this in an interview with punch’s correspondent. He also added that the costs of the training could not
yet be obtained.
The Air Force had earlier announced the commencement of training of the 450 regiment personnel who
were carefully selected as Special Forces.
The training, which was organised in three batches at the NAF Regiment Training Centre in Kaduna State,
had been said to be handled by FOUR-TROOP, described as an Israeli military training organisation.
Adesanya said on Friday that the training was to fortify the NAF personnel against attacks on military
bases in the country, noting that the training would have cost more if the personnel had been sent to
He said, “Of course, the training given to our personnel by the Israelis will ultimately impact on the war
against the Boko Haram insurgents. Do not forget that a part of the challenges we had in the past was
the attacks on air force bases in Maiduguri, Borno State. As of that *me, our base defence structure was
not as strong as it is now.
“The NAF before now was trained to 6ght a conventional warfare. But the war against the insurgents is
an unconventional warfare, also known as an asymmetric warfare. The training being given to the
personnel therefore is to make our troops fought an unconventonal warfare. It will also enable the air
force to be able to protect its bases adequately.”
He also added when commencing on the experts, “It is just that the expertise needed is domiciled in
Israel. It could have been domiciled in any other country. The hired Israelis are a private organisation.
The areas of training are the defence of our critical national assets.