Security Chiefs Demand More Equipment For Armed Forces
Nigerian Security chiefs have demanded a new set of military equipment to combat insecurity troubling some parts of the country.
The Chiefs, led by the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd.), made the demand known on Thursday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement by Dan-Ali’s spokesman, Col. Tukur Gusau, containing the demand was made available to journalists after the meeting.
“Finally, the Minister requested for provision of more equipment for the armed forces in order to sustain the tempo in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges across the country,” the statement said.
According to the statement, Dan-Ali told the meeting that the collaboration between the armed forces and other security agencies was yielding fruitful results.
It also said operation Sharan Daji had been extended to Niger border in order to forestall the repeat of killings in Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State.
The statement also said Dan-Ali reported that security forces had been directed to intensify patrol along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
“He reminded the council that the armed forces of Nigeria in collaboration with other security agencies are doing a lot to address the turbulent security situation in the country
“In order to forestall future security incidences in Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari axis, Operation Sharan Daji has been extended to cover up to the fringes of Niger border.
“The operation has recently been reinforced with more troops from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services and is supported by the Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognisance Wing of 207 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force.
“The joint operation has successfully arrested some suspected armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition. Similarly, in order to checkmate the criminal activities along Abuja-Kaduna highway, security agencies have been directed to increase patrols along the axis to address cases of attacks and kidnappings,” it added.