From DAUDA PAM Maiduguri
Senate President,Sen. Ahmed Lawan,has said that Boko Haram terrorists were “still hiding” in three locations in the Northeast.
Represented by Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Sen.Mohammed Ali Ndume, disclosed this,at a security summit convened by Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; held in Maiduguri,at the Multipurpose Hall,Government House Maiduguri recently.
According to him, the insurgents are still hibernating on fringes of Lake Chad, Mandara Mountains and Sambisa Forests of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
He said: “We know that the remaining three locations of insurgents are,in the Lake Chad region, Mandara Mountains and the Sambisa Forest in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
”Given the needed modern technology requirement, the Theatre Commander had said the last time we interacted,that within three months they can end this war.”
The Senate President Ahmed Lawan at the summit, however, regretted the low budgetary allocations for security and that the fight cannot be won with the conventional army tactics, meagre budgetary allocations and inadequate personnel by the army and the police in the country.
His words: “The army is doing well but it’s not enough because we have not seen the end of it. Let me say that we cannot fight a war on this magnitude,with only 150, 000 soldiers. “Right now, the population of the Nigerian Army is 150, 000 plus the 4,000 recently recruited which makes it 160,000 personnel. We cannot fight this war with less than 400, 000 police officers “We cannot also police with what is budgeted for this year for the police.
The constitution says the security and welfare of the people is paramount. “How can we end insurgency with a meagre budgetary allocation of N100 billion for both the police and military?”
And therefore, urged the North East Development Commission (NEDC) headed by Mohammed Alkali to expend the N25 billion budget allocation before the end of the year, warning, the commission will have to lose the money,if not expended coupled with the TSA system of federal government.
He called on the Commission to liaise with Borno Government and spend the money on the displaced people, who want to return to their communities and also provide money for them to start a new.