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Minister of defence says military needs more equipment to tackle insecurity

Minister of defence says military needs more equipment to tackle insecurity

- The minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, says more troops from the Nigerian Armed Forces have been deployed to tackle security situation in the country

- He states that security operation has been extended to cover the fringes of Niger boarder in order to forestall future security incidences in Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari axis

- PDP faults calls for Saraki's resignation

The minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has said the Nigerian military needs more equipment in order to tackle security challenges in parts of the country.

Dan-Ali made the statement on Thursday, August 2, in a brief the minister presented to the national security council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Vanguard reports.

In the brief he presented at the meeting which was signed by the public relations officer, ministry of defence, Colonel Tukur Gusau, Dan-Ali, said the more equipment was needed for the Armed Forces in order to sustain the tempo in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges across the country.

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The brief from the minister read in part “In order to forestall future security incidences in Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari axis Operation SHARAN DAJI has been extended to cover up to the fringes of Niger boarder.

“The operation has recently been reinforced with more troops from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services and is supported by the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnisance Wing of 207 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force.

“The joint operation has successfully arrested some suspected armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition. Similarly, in order to checkmate the criminal activities along Abuja-Kaduna highway, security agencies have been directed to increase patrols along the axis to address cases of attacks and kidnappings

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“There was a review of Operation Safe Haven leading to appointment of a new commander in the north central. The honourable minister also reiterate the need for the deployment of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in all areas liberated by the military in the North-East in order to consolidate on the gains of military operations as well as to enable the military push forward in its clearance operations.

“In the south-south honourable minister of defence informed the council that Operation Delate Safe has sustained its operations against illegal activities in the Niger Delta region with resultant reduction in illegal oil bunkering, militancy and pipeline vandalism.”

Meanwhile, Aisha Alhassan who is the minister of women affairs has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari notifying him of her interest in running for governor in Taraba state.

According to The Cable, Alhassan who is popularly known as Mama Taraba, said she would be running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mama Taraba is known to be an ally to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is running for the presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

President Buhari reportedly responded to her letter on July 27 thanking her for her efforts.

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