Extension of emergency rule may not end boko haram menace:Geidam

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Contrary to the position of the Adamawa state Governor, Murtala Nyako, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has hailed the extension of emergency rule in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States by the Federal Government for six months.

Governor Murtala Nyako had questioned the reason for the extension in his state, saying there was no need for such.

But Gaidam said his state had no problems with the endorsement of prolonged stay of the military till May 12, 2014.

He however, warned that the extension may not end the over four-year Boko Haram insurgency in the affected states if proper techniques were not put in place to tackle the menace.

In a statement Friday signed by of his Special Adviser on Public Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, the governor said that the Federal Government must put certain measures in place “to facilitate the deployment and use of all the elements of our military power to deal with the prevailing criminal and violent insurgency.”

According to him, the Federal Government should move beyond nomenclature and actually address the ongoing senseless and violent insurgency as a national emergency.

He further highlighted three steps the Federal Government must take to win the war against terror in the country.

“One, the Federal Government should as a matter of urgency provide security personnel on the ground in Yobe and other affected states with advanced weaponry and communications apparatus to enable them to track and hunt down all criminals and insurgents operating in the areas. Currently, as the Turaki Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee has highlighted, security agents on the ground do not have the superior weaponry and advanced communications capabilities needed to counter and deal the insurgents the blow that every peace-loving and law-abiding citizen wants.

“Second, the Federal Government should urgently review and upgrade the surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the security agents on ground to be able to detect, prevent and bring to justice any criminal or insurgent bent on carrying out attacks or wreaking havoc on innocents.

“Third, the Federal Government should as a matter of high priority deploy and maintain regular aerial surveillance and ground patrols along the major highways in Yobe and other affected states to track and nip criminal activities in the bud. Currently, many of the attacks on innocent people in the north-east take place in broad day light on the highways.”

He noted that the logistic support the state government regularly provides to the security agents on ground in the state was taking a heavy toll on its finances and its ability to meet all of its other obligations.

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