Reps decry eight NAF crashes in four years, grill CAS

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The House of Representatives has criticised the Nigerian Air Force for the incessant crashes recorded recently, leading to the loss of lives and aircraft. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was invited by the House, appeared before the Committee on Air Force in Abuja on Monday, where he was grilled behind closed doors on the crashes.

The House had organised a public investigative hearing “on the incessant non-combatant related air crashes by the Nigerian Air Force.” The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the acting Majority Leader, Mr Peter Akpatason, noted that the House had resolved to work with relevant national security agencies to determine the present needs and provide funding for recruitment, training and equipment for a dynamic and proactive security apparatus, especially air power.

Gbajabiamila said, “Regrettably, in recent times, the Nigerian Air Force has been witnessing incessant air crashes. Between the years 2015 and 2019, there have been at least eight air crashes in various Nigerian states that have endangered lives and property. As joint partners, we are determined to proffer lasting solutions to this problem.

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