Senate says Nigerian Army is poorly funded to fight terrorism

Senate says Nigerian Army is poorly funded to fight terrorism

- The Nigerian Senate has called for funding of the military to be increased

- The Senate committee said the budget of the military should reflect current realities in the counter-insurgency operations

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Airforce has disclosed that it has acquired new arms for security operations

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The funds budgeted for the Nigerian military has been described as inadequate to fight terrorism in the country, according to the Senate.

The Senate committee on army made the disclosure on Wednesday, November 11, at the hearing of the 2021 budget proposal by the Nigeria Army, Leadership reported.

Senate says Nigeria Army is poorly funded to fight terrorism

Nigerian soldiers stand at the ready at the headquarters of the 120th Battalion in Goniri, Yobe state. Photo by Audu Marte
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The committee led by Senator Ali Ndume said the military is underfunded when compared to other West African countries facing the same challenges.

Meanwhile, Nigeria is now among the very few nations of the world that uses WingLoong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) in the fight against terrorism.

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The UCAV, according to the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, can remain airborne for about 31 hours in internal security reconnaissance (ISR) mode and 26 hours in an offensive role, The Guardian reports.

Daramola, speaking on the arrival of the vehicles on Tuesday, November 10, noted that they will give an edge to the federal government in the anti-terrorism battles.

In another report, the ministry of justice has proposed N2billion to cover its legal services for the 2021 fiscal year.

However, the solicitor-general of the federation, Dayo Apata, described the amount as small when compared to what it is meant to do.

He made the comment when he appeared before the Senate committee on judiciary, legal, and human rights matters, on Monday, November 9.

More on security, the Nigerian Army has reportedly recorded some victories over Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents in the northeast.

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A spokesperson for the defence media operations, Benard Onyeuko in a statement on Monday, November 9, stated that ISWAP insurgents who attempted to infiltrate Buni Gari town in Yobe state were dealt a decisive blow.

Onyeuko said following a fierce gunfight, the terrorists were forced to retreat in disarray.

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