18 August, 2013
Sunday Vanguard gathered, also at the weekend, that the Nigerian Airforce Strike Group with headquarters in Yola, Adamawa State, where some attack aircraft of the Tactical Air Command are stationed, is to be upgraded with the injection of more fighter and patrol aircraft as well as helicopter gunships.
The upgrade became necessary,according to sources, to provide air cover and patrols over the vast and dense forests of the Northeast where Boko Haram insurgents held sway for months, hoisting their flags, claiming territories and collecting taxes from Nigerians.
Towards this end, it was gathered that
the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal
Alex Sabundu Badeh, has directed the
relocation of some patrol and surveillance aircraft from the 81 Air Maritime Group in Benin, and the Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt to Yola. Some Alpha jets will also leave Kainji for Yola.