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The army is overwhelmed, overloaded, the Senate cries

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… Says the military is not supposed to be involved in civil security

… Call on the Army to hunt down bandits and kidnappers in their various hiding places

On Monday, the Senate raised the alarm that after its participation in the provision of internal security in several states of the country, the Army has been overwhelmed and overloaded.

According to the Senate, the Army is facing its own challenges at this time and according to the nation’s constitution, the Army should not be involved in civil security.

Speaking in Kaduna on Monday during a visit to various Army formations in Kaduna state, as part of the Upper House’s annual oversight duties, Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Congress of All Progressives, Borno South said that with the constitution, the Army should not participate in internal security arrangements.

Ndume, who was accompanied by four other senators in a meeting with Nigerian Army Division Commanding General Officer (GOC) 1 Kaduna, Major General Usman Mohammed, emphasized that the Army must be supported in order for it to be successful, adding that the Army was currently operating in at least 33 of the country’s 36 states.

Ndume said: “The army is overwhelmed. Imagine operating in around 33 to 34 states in Nigeria. They are very overloaded. They don’t have the number. The Army we used to know is very different from the Army of today. But we hope things improve.

“We are delighted to be here. We insist on this supervisory visit for a few reasons. The Army faces its own challenges. Under our constitution, the Army is not supposed to be involved in civil security.

“But we have security challenges in all parts of the country. The Army had to be recruited to provide internal security. At this time, the Army provides internal security in some 33 states of the country. We cannot sit in Abuja and talk.

“We need to see for ourselves. We hope the Army will get back on its feet. As a country, we are known for having a formidable army. But these days, we are concerned. “

On the recent kidnappings along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, which urged the army to hunt down bandits and kidnappers at their various hideouts, said: “In recent months, we have had peace on the Kaduna-Abuja highway. . But what happened on Sunday is worrying. Along the Birni Gwari, the security situation is also alarming. Unfortunately, the Army does not have the number necessary to provide security. “

Earlier in his remarks, the Government of Colombia, General Mohammed, who told senators that, contrary to media reports, only two people were killed along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday and not 15, explained that the two victims were a driver and a woman.

The GOC which revealed that nine people who were abducted by the bandits were released on Sunday by the soldiers, who immediately went into action as soon as the attack occurred, however promised to pursue the armed bandits and kidnappers during the Christmas period, adding that More Camps belonging to bandits will be located and destroyed in the coming days.

General Mohammed said: “We want to acknowledge the support of your committee. We are doing it thanks to your support. We need your support to continue to be successful. We don’t forget about security challenges.

“Right now, we have three operations underway. There is one along the Kaduna-Abuja highway. We go after bandits during this Christmas period. We will remove them. We have been seeing his recent hand along that path. We will keep doing our best.

“We always pursue bandits in their camps. We have evicted them from their camps. On Sunday, only two people died. Nine people were kidnapped. We went after them and the kidnappers left their victims and fled.

“It is false to say that 15 people died. That is not true. We will continue to evict them. We will redouble our efforts and make sure they don’t get away with it. “

In his remarks, a member of the Senate Committee on the Army who is also a retired Army colonel, Senator Bulus Amos, APC, Gombe South, who noted that many villagers and peasants in the areas where bandits operate often serve as informants. However, he urged the Division to be more tactical in its operations.

Senator Amos said: “Most of the people who are farmers, cyclists and villagers are informants. These bandits have informants everywhere. Soldiers need to go after them. If they meet them face to face, the soldiers will finish them off.

“Soldiers need to disguise themselves and find a way to get people to cooperate with them. These bandits live with us. They are part of us and live in communities. We need to do more. “

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