- Northeast governors have called on FG to allow police use heavy artillery
- The governors disclosed this after they met in Maiduguri
- Recall that Boko Haram and bandits have been terrorising some areas in the north
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The Nigeria Police should be empowered to use heavy artillery. The call was made by governors of Northeast states
According to the governors, this will help bridge the manpower deficit in the Armed Forces.
This is contained in an eleven points communique issued by the northeast governors’ forum at the end of its second meeting held in Maiduguri, Borno state, Channels TV reports.
They also called on the federal government to deploy state of the art military hardware to the region.
"The Forum recommends that the manpower deficit in the Nigerian Armed Forces should be bridged by allowing the police to carry state of the art weapons where necessary and be provided with strategic equipment like high velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC)," the communique read in part.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Mike Ejiofor, the former director of the Department of State Services (DSS), has said that replacing Nigeria's service chiefs will not solve the security challenges in the country.
Ejiofor who disclosed this during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise on Saturday, August 8, said though the heads of security and intelligence agencies have done their best, however, it is not yet enough.
According to him, if the service chiefs are replaced now, there won't be any change. The former DSS boss also said that the military and security services are ill-equipped.
He went on to note that President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is the only person authorised to change the service chiefs.
He said: "Even if you change the service chiefs now, under the present operating circumstance and environment, there is not going to be any change.
“Our military and security services are ill-equipped; they are understaffed just like any other sector of our polity. With this pandemic coming in, it becomes a problem. But we have to move forward.”
The former DSS boss while calling for collaboration for the nation to win the war against terrorism, added that Nigeria alone cannot curb the menace.
Ejiofor explained if Nigeria wants to win the battle against insecurity the country has to completely restructure its security architecture.
Legit.ng had also reported that senators on Tuesday, July 21, asked the president to sack the nation’s service chiefs and also called for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.
The lawmakers made the demands in their respective contributions to the discussion on the security situation in the country during plenary.
The senators said the service chiefs should be replaced since they do not have new ideas in fighting insecurity, adding that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations to find a way forward.
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