We need weapons to stop insurgency, banditry and secessionist – Army Chief

Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen I Attahiru

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has stated that banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and secession would be difficult to tackle without the required weapons.

He urged the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency appropriate funds to procure weapons and other hardwares for the military.

The Army Chief spoke on Wednesday when the Senate Committee on Army led by its chairman, Senator Ali Ndume, visited the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

“To curb and finally defeat these threats, the Nigerian Army requires equipment, weapons, armour fighting vehicles, platforms and various combat enablers.

“As we all know, Nigeria is faced with a lot of security challenges that include insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West and part of North-Central as well as secessionist agitations in the South-East and South-South geo-political zones of the country.

“I urge you to, as a matter of urgency, consider these critical needs as you legislate and appropriate funds. I will be counting on your support, so that we can efficiently perform our constitutional roles and defeat all our threats.”

In his own statement, Senator Ndume said that the army had a daunting task of mitigating the various security challenges confronting the country, adding that the National Assembly played an important role in terms of giving the necessary legislative support to the military.

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