- The Nigeria Police has been encouraged to engage in tactical operations in the northeast region
- The suggestion was given by the North East Development Agenda (NEDA)
- According to NEDA, such an operation and collaboration between the police and the military will consolidate the efforts in the fight against insurgency
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The North East Development Agenda (NEDA) has called on the police and political leaders in the region to build on the tremendous achievements of the military in the fight against insurgency.
NEDA in a statement signed by its president Ali Tanko on Sunday, May 10, said Nigeria’s once-troubled northeast region is now enjoying relative peace and tranquillity.
Commending the Nigerian army troops and its leadership for their gallantry, Tanko said NEDA believes this progress would not be sustained without the support and collaboration of other actors such as the police and the elites.
According to Tanko, the terrorists have abandoned the fight and fled inwards into Nigeria’s other towns and villages where troops are not stationed.
As it is not the role of the military to carry out civil policing, NEDA reckoned that the cooperation of the police and the leaders are required to fish these fleeing terrorists.
He, therefore, called on the Nigeria Police Force and political leaders from the region to immediately swing into action to consolidate on the gains made by the military in keeping the area free of Boko Haram.
Tanko said a delay in tactical operations by the Police and key players in the region will render all army's effort null and void and probably a resurgence of terrorists in the northeast.
"In this regard, the political leadership should show direction by speeding up the rebuilding efforts and economic expansion in the northeast to address the poverty that made Boko Haram’s recruitment of frustrated and desperate youth easy in the past," Tanko said.
He urged the political leaders in the region to embrace a sort of peer review mechanism that ensures that public resources are used only for what they are meant for, which is to bring about improvement in the life of the people.
"The political leadership must also mobilize the traditional and religious institutions to contribute to the restoration of lasting peace in the northeast," he said.
He said such a synergy among these critical stakeholders is the greatest thank you gift that they can give to the Nigerian military and the troops.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, has set up an office in Auno village in the state.
The governor said the new office in Auno is to help to prevent consistent Boko Haram attacks in the village.
Zulum said his decision followed his assessment of ongoing projects in Auno as he plans to use the community outreach office is to attract increased security and rebuild public confidence.
In another news, the Nigerian military said its troops have successfully neutralised a criminal hideout in Zaki Biam and Kastina-Ala Highway.
According to the military, the hideout was burst by troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and Special Forces of Sector 2 deployed to the area.
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