Senate reveal helicopters ferry in boko haram, arms
It has been revealed that bandits and insurgents operating in the northern part of the country are brought in by helicopters along with their weapons of destruction most likely from foreign country countries.
This was revealed at a senate meeting in Abuja yesterday.
A debate was held following a motion moved by Senator Barnabas Gemade from Benue State over the spate of deadly violence in parts of the North.
During the debate, Senator Abu Ibrahim from Katsina revealed that attackers of some of the affected places were not local people but were air-dropped from somewhere else along with their supplies, adding that the local people claim seeing helicopters landing in thick forests and dropping off supplies for the bandits.
Reacting to this, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe from Abia said Nigeria has the right to go after the attackers to the countries they are coming from since they already know that helicopters were used to bring in the insurgents.
Many of the senators called for a decentralised policing system so that communities can protect themselves, adding that the rate of killings by Boko Haram insurgents and by other elements has reached an alarming state, and that there may be some hidden hands sponsoring the violence for some ulterior motives.
It was learnt that some of the people once held in the camp of Boko Haram corroborated the stories of helicopters landing and taking off at the camps, providing arms and ammunition to the insurgents.
Though it is yet unknown where the helicopters are coming from, a senior security official hinted that a possible place could be Libya and the disarray in Libya could be responsible.
When contacted, Director of Defence Information Major General Chris Olukolade said the relevant security and intelligence network in the country are already working on this information.