- Senator Ali Ndume claims Boko Haram still hibernate in three locations in the northeast
- Ndume commends the Nigerian military for the fight against terrorism, but adds that the security agencies are challenged
- The senator laments lack of enough funds to the military to effectively combat insurgency
Boko Haram terrorist group still operates in three locations of the northeastern part of Nigeria, the chairman of the Senate committee on Army, has said.
Ndume said the group, which had destroyed towns and killed many people in the north east, operate from the fringes of Lake Chad, the Mandara mountains and the Sambisa forests.
Speaking at a security summit in the northeast organised by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu Abubakar, the senator disclosed: “We know that the key remaining location of the remaining insurgents is three, the Lake Chad fringes, the Mandara mountains and the Sambisa Forest and with the current technology, the theatre commander said the last time that within three months they can finish this war."
Ndume, who represented the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawal, at the event, however, lamented that it had been difficult for the military to completely wipe the sect out of existence.
The senator, who lamented the poor budgetary allocations to the military, said conventional tactics and strategies, poor budgets and inadequate security operatives are issues affecting the fight against Boko Haram.
He noted that the Nigerian Army was doing its best in the fight, but added that its effort had not been enough.
“Let me say that we cannot fight a war on this vast land that we have with only 150,000 soldiers.
”Right now, the population of the Nigerian Army is 150, 000 plus the 4,000 recently released which makes it 160,000 personal. We cannot fight this war with have less than 400, 000 police," he lamented.
He noted that though the constitution guarantees protection of lives and properties of the citizens, it would be difficult for the security agencies because of poor funding.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the National Democratic Front (NDF) recently alleged that Senator Ali Ndume's comment on Nigeria's Military and its fight against terrorists in the country is aimed at diverting the world's attention.
The group in during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, October 16, said the Borno South lawmaker's assertion about the Nigerian Armed Forces was uncalled for.
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