The president of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) Dr. Ona Ekhomu has applauded the leadership of the Nigeria armed forces for the successful rescue of Flt. Lt. Abayomi Dairo whose Alpha jet was shot down by terrorist bandits in Zamfara State.
The AISSON boss who stated this while speaking with journalists in Lagos said the purposeful leadership exhibited by the Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Lucky Irabor and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Oladayo Amao made the difference.
He credited the successful rescue operation to the greater interagency cooperation and collaboration among the armed forces
“They ordered a quick and aggressive response to the jet downing incident. This was responsible for the eventual positive outcome. Furthermore, the integrated battle formation which the armed forces adopted made it easier to combine resources and execute the rescue.
“The service chiefs by going all out to rescue Lt. Dairo demonstrated that the lives of all members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are important. This is good for troop morale.”
He contended that the rescue of Lt. Dairo is the kind of story that is told only by the Americans, recalling a similar rescue behind enemy lines of an American fighter pilot in March 1999.
‘’In the incident, USAF Pilot Capt. Scott O’Grady was shot down in Kosovo. He skillfully evaded capture for six days until he was rescued,’’ said .
Ekhomu said that the same commitment to officer safety was shown by the Americans in the Capt. Scott O’Grady’s case was displayed by the AFN in the case of Lt. Dairo.