NAF sets up committee to conduct safety audit — days after Kaduna crash

By Haleem Olatunji

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has set up a committee to conduct safety audit on its operational and engineering units.

Edward Gabkwet, NAF director of public relations and information, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

Gabkwet said the committee, established by Oladayo Amao, chief of air staff, comprises serving and retired senior officers.

The committee is chaired by Abraham Adole, deputy theatre commander, operation Hadin Kai (formerly known as Lafiya Dole) — a military operation aimed at defeating Boko Haram.

The NAF spokesman added that the committee will submit its report on or before June 18, 2021.

“The committee is to, among other terms of reference, analyse safety reports from operational and engineering units, conduct safety evaluation of NAF units, and recommend measures to enhance safety of operations in the units,” the statement reads.

“The committee is also to interact with unit operational and technical personnel for views, observations and contributions on safety measures.”

This development comes four days after Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff, died in a plane crash around the Kaduna international airport.

Attahiru and 10 other military officers lost their lives while on the Beechcraft 350, a military aircraft belonging to NAF.

The late COAS was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend a passing-out parade for army recruits.

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