- The practical experience of former military officers can be of immense help in the fight against banditry
- This is the position of Shehu Sani a former Nigerian senator who represented Kaduna Central
- Sani on Monday, April 26, advised northern leaders to set up an intelligence committee to complement the efforts of security agencies
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A former Kaduna Central senator, Shehu Sani, has come up with a grand security plan that will overcome and completely flush out bandits and their influence in the northern part of Nigeria.
The outspoken PDP member called on stakeholders in the region to set up an intelligence-gathering unit led by an experienced former military officer.
Sani suggested that the committee should consist of security experts and retired operatives to serve as a backup.
The former senator noted that this could serve as a good alternative to a security network which northern leaders seem not to be ready to establish.
"If the north doesn’t want to set up a regional security outfit, it’s urgent that the leaders of the region do establish an intelligence-gathering committee headed by a retired military officer and made up of security experts and former personnel, whose experience can compliment."
Meanwhile, after the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, advised the federal government to recruit 50 million soldiers to stem the tide of insecurity in the country, Sani gave his opinion.
Legit.ng reported that Sani wondered why Tinubu should be calling for the recruitment of 50 million soldiers when the federal government is grappling to pay salaries of 150,000 soldiers.
In a post shared on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, March 30, the senator asked:
"If we have not been able to adequately cater for our 150k soldiers, how do we handle and cater for 50 million armed soldiers on our payroll?"
Tinubu had said that Nigeria was competing with bandits to recruit unemployed youths.
The former governor of Lagos also said Nigeria was under-policed while grappling with a high rate of unemployment.