Insecurity: Nigerian military says civilian informants sabotage operations

Insecurity: Nigerian military says civilian informants sabotage operations

- The Nigerian military continues with its operation to stamp out banditry and other criminal activities

- The operations of the troops are largely based in the northern region of the country to rid the area of criminals terrorising residents

- However, the military spokesman has complained about how civilians affect the operations in northeast

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The military has said that operations in the northeast are being sabotaged by civilian informants as most locals do not provide intelligence to the army.

Major-General John Enenche, coordinator defence media operations, made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Monday, November 30.

Enenche speaking further expressed worry about the recent trend of residents in the northeast declining to provide useful information to security agencies.

Insecurity: Nigerian military says civilian informants sabotage operations
The Nigerian military on Monday, November 30, said that civilian informants sabotage operations. Photo credit: @HQNigerianArmy
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The military spokesman added that this reduces the military’s effectiveness to combat the insecurity scourge in the region.

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He said:

"It is not possible to force information out of people. That has been our worry. It’s a concern to us. You need a guide, you need information. Will they tell us? That’s a question that we have to ask. Yes, sometimes. And most times, no.

He explained that getting local residents to give information was one of the issues the military has been fighting hard to overcome.

Enenche also noted that the military is trying to build up the confidence of locals and encourage them that it is for their best interest.

PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari came under fire from Nigerians over the increased insecurity across the country, especially in the northern region.

Citizens lamented over the frequent kidnapping, and killings by bandits, Boko Haram insurgents, accusing the president of failing to keep the people safe.

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Meanwhile, following Boko Haram's gruesome killing of some farmers in Borno state, Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, has called on the Nigerian government to up the ante in dealing with the insecurity in the country.

Duke said the nation’s security system needs a total overhaul just as he highlighted some areas which, according to him, needs improvement.

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