The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is a crucial component of the country’s defense apparatus, equipped with modern fighter jets capable of swift response to security threats. However, despite possessing the capability to arrive on the scene within 45 minutes from their Kaduna State base, the NAF faces challenges in effectively intervening in the recent spate of attacks in Plateau State communities.

Logistical Challenges:

One of the primary hindrances to the NAF’s rapid response is the intricate web of logistical challenges. Plateau State’s diverse topography and dispersed settlements pose difficulties in deploying resources swiftly. The time it takes to navigate and coordinate responses to intricate terrains can impede the Air Force’s ability to reach affected communities promptly.

Communication Breakdowns:

Efficient communication is pivotal in responding promptly to security incidents. Unfortunately, the NAF has encountered difficulties in establishing seamless communication channels with ground forces and local authorities in Plateau State. These communication breakdowns can lead to delays in receiving accurate and timely information, hampering the Air Force’s ability to intervene effectively.

Civil-Military Relations:

Effective collaboration between the military and local communities is essential for successful security interventions. The NAF faces challenges in building trust and fostering positive civil-military relations in Plateau State. The lack of community cooperation may impede the flow of crucial intelligence, hindering the Air Force’s capacity to preemptively address security threats.

Resource Allocation:

While the NAF possesses state-of-the-art fighter jets, resource allocation remains a challenge. Adequate resources must be deployed not only for intervention but also for intelligence gathering, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Limited resources can compromise the Air Force’s ability to sustain a continuous presence and effectively curb emerging threats.

Policy and Strategy:

The absence of a comprehensive and adaptive security strategy tailored to the unique challenges of Plateau State may undermine the NAF’s interventions. A well-defined policy framework, addressing both immediate responses and long-term stability, is crucial for effective security operations in the region.


The Nigerian Air Force’s apparent inability to swiftly intervene in Plateau State community attacks highlights a combination of logistical, communication, and strategic challenges. As the nation grapples with the need for enhanced security, addressing these issues is imperative. A holistic approach, involving improved communication, community engagement, and strategic planning, is essential to bolster the NAF’s effectiveness in responding to security threats and ensuring the safety and well-being of the Plateau State communities.


Temitope Olodo is a Preventative Terrorism Consultant, Author and President of Africa Security Forum based in the United Kingdom