Jianchun visits NAF Hqs, commends CAS on rescue of 7 expatriates


By Joy Odor

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Cui Jianchun has expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao for the rescue of the 7 Chinese mine workers at Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State on 17 December 2022.

Ambassador Jianchun who gave the recommendation on a thank you visit to CAS at Nigerian Air Force headquarters Abuja yesterday and made available to newsmen in a press statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

He maintained that the move translated to the commitment of NAF operational forces in the counterterrorism efforts.

Chinese Ambassador noted the high level of professionalism exhibited by the NAF Special Forces that undertook the rescue mission.

“From what I learnt, your Special Forces conducted themselves in the most professional manner worthy of praise and emulation.

“This was possible because of the right kind of leadership that the Nigerian Air Force and indeed the Armed Forces of Nigeria current have” he said.

Responding, Air Marshal Amao informed the Ambassador that NAF, alongside other security agencies in the country, remain committed to providing a peaceful and safe environment for both Nigerians and foreigners to thrive, assuring not rest until all areas are rid of terrorists and other criminal elements.

According to the CAS, “Nigeria remains open to all foreigners who want to come and invest, and they can be rest assured of their safety as we will continue to ensure that our country remains attractive for foreign investors.”

“Recall that 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State, carried out a rescue operation in the early hours of 17 December 2022 leading to the rescue of 7 Chinese expatriates earlier kidnapped and held hostage by terrorists operating in the general Area.

“The rescued Chinese victims were kidnapped in June 2022 by terrorists while working on a mining site in Ajata-Aboki, Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government, Niger State” CAS noted.

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