Service Chiefs Explain Persistent Insecurity Challenges

The House of Representatives on Wednesday received a briefing from the security chiefs on the state of insecurity in the country, where they blamed the judiciary, a foreign country and other factors for the challenges they faced.

The security chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Chris Musa, apologised for their absence last Thursday, saying they were out of Abuja on official duties.

General Musa said the security forces had realised that good governance was the key to addressing insecurity, citing the North-East as an example where the military had achieved significant results.

He also lamented the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by the insurgents, the porous nature of the national borders and the lack of prosecution of captured Boko Haram elements.

He accused the judiciary of being a hindrance to the war against insecurity, saying that some suspects were released on bail shortly after being arrested and handed over to the authorities.

The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, said the police intended to join the military in combating terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery across the country.

He announced the establishment of a special intervention squad, comprising at least 1,000 men in each of the states, to tackle the security challenges.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogala, said the Navy was doing its best to secure the nation’s territorial waters despite the resurgence of sea pirates, oil thieves and operational challenges of manpower and funds.

He said the Navy was making efforts to expand its size and train its personnel adequately to meet its objectives.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, said the Air Force had embarked on a wide range of intensive operations aimed at not only decimating the criminals and denying them freedom of action, but also shaping the operational environment in the various theatres for successful ground offensives.

He said the Air Force faced some challenges such as rising cost of aviation fuel, delays in release of funds for procurements, complexity of the terrain and weather conditions, among others.

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