- Some northern governors have hailed the Nigerian Army
- According to the governors, the Army did well in dealing with banditry in some northern part of the country
- The governors include Alhaji Sani Bello and Malam Nasir El-Rufai of Niger and Kaduna states
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The governors of Niger and Kaduna states, Alhaji Sani Bello and Malam Nasir El-Rufai have hailed the successes recorded by the Nigerian Army in dealing with banditry in the North West and North Central part of the country.
The governors gave the commendation during a visit to the Special Army Super Camp 4 in Faskari, Katsina State on Wednesday to ascertain the level of successes of the recently launched Exercise Sahel Sanity.
On his part, Bello said the establishment of the super camp and exercise Sahel Sanity had achieved tremendous successes against bandits within one month.
He said that farmers in many communities that were hitherto affected by banditry had returned to their farms, expressing confidence that banditry would soon be a thing of the past.
The governor also commended the officers and men of Nigerian army for their sacrifice and urged them to sustain the tempo.
“I am highly impressed by the super camp and I think this will go a long way towards improving the confidence level of the communities affected. We can see that farming activities have resumed in most of the communities.
“That has always been an issue; we have always been concerned with regards to the economic activities in the rural areas. I must commend the COAS and his officers and men for a job well done.
“I also would like to thank Mr President for this initiative as this will bring succour to the local people that are affected by the activities of these bandits,” he said.
Bello also expressed optimism that the planned expansion of operations in the region by establishing more camps would go a long way towards addressing these challenges.
According to him, most of the forest areas are connected to our states and most are between the boundaries of various states.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Abbey Agyole has blamed some of the security challenges on what he describes as poor welfare and inadequate training of security operatives.
Agyole who was a former commissioner of police in Kaduna state disclosed this on Tuesday, August 11, during an interview on Channels Television.
According to him, this has led to the inability of the police to maintain law and order in the country.
Going further, he urged the federal and state governments to equip the military, police, and other security agencies.
“Security is a very expensive project. The state must commit resources to equip the Police Force. For now, our capacity to effectively maintain law and order is diminishing gradually because the training is not there, the welfare is not there,” he said.
Going further, he called for synergy among the agencies.
He said if there is a harmonious relationship, the security challenges facing the country will be better tackled.
Legit.ng had also reported that the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has said that Boko Haram terrorists have been pushed out of all the north-eastern states except Borno.
The army chief made the statement on Monday, August 10, at a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, according to a statement issued by a presidential publicist, Garba Shehu.
“There are no Boko Haram terrorists in neighbouring states. They have been pushed out, and are now cornered in Borno state," the army chief reportedly said.
Speaking at the meeting, Buhari said the government is coordinating with civil and traditional authorities in a bid to improve security in the country.
He promised that his administration will not relent in its efforts to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians.
Legit.ng had also reported that there is a request that the Nigeria Police should be empowered to use heavy artillery. The call was made by governors of north-east states according to the governors, this will help bridge the manpower deficit in the Armed Forces.
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