Nigerian Army overwhelmed by insecurity in Nigeria – Senate says

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

The Senate Committee on Army led by its Chairman, Senator Ali Ndume, has stated that the Nigerian Army was being overwhelmed since it started providing internal security in different states of the federation.

The committee noted that the Army shouldn’t be involved in internal security arrangements if not for the security challenges facing the nation.

According to Senator Ndume, the Army is currently operating in 33 out of 36 states of the federation.

He urged the military to go after kidnappers and bandits terrorising citizens in different parts of the nation, especially in the North-West region.

Ndume spoke while meeting with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division in Kaduna, Maj. Gen. Usman Mohammed.

“We are delighted to be here. We insisted on this oversight visit for some reasons. The Army is facing its own challenges. By our constitution, the Army isn’t supposed to be involved in civil security.

“But we have security challenges across every part of the country. The Army had to be drafted to provide internal security.

“The Army is overwhelmed. Imagine they operate in about 33 to 34 states across Nigeria. They’re very overstretched. They don’t have the number. The Army we used to know is very different from the Army of today. But we are hoping that things will get better. As a country, we are known to have a formidable Army. But these days, we are worried,” Ndume said.

He also added that the killings and kidnapping along the Kaduna – Abuja road on Sunday was worrisome.

“The security situation is also alarming. Unfortunately, the Army doesn’t have the number needed to provide security,” he said.

However, Gen. U Mohammed noted that only 2 persons and not 12 as being reported were killed on Sunday along the Kaduna – Abuja road. He noted that the two victims were a driver and a woman.

He also alleged that the nine persons kidnapped were rescued on Sunday by soldiers who immediately went after the kidnappers.

“We are not unmindful of the security challenges. Right now, we have three operations going. There is one along the Kaduna-Abuja road. We are going after bandits during this Christmas period. We will flush them out. We have been seeing their recent hand along that road. We will keep doing our best.

“We always go after the bandits in their camps. We have dislodged them from their camps. On Sunday, only two persons were killed. Nine persons were kidnapped. We went after them and the kidnappers left their victims and ran away.

“It is false to say that 15 people were killed. That’s not true. We will keep dislodging them. We will redouble our efforts and ensure that they don’t have their way.”

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