- The chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, says the army’s bids to tackle security challenges in the country is affected by lack of funds
- He states that most security challenges in the country could have tacked if needed resources were made available to the army
- Troops encounter armed militia along Benue-Nasarawa states border
The Nigeria army’s efforts to deal decisively with the security challenges posed by the Boko Haram terrorist in the north-east is being limited by lack of funds, the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has said.
The army chief made the statement on Thursday, February 1, when he appeared before the Senate committee on army to defend the 2018 budget of the Nigeria Army.
He told the lawmakers that the army bids to tackle other security challenges in the country were also affected adversely by lack of funds, The Nation reports.
Buratai noted that most security challenges in the country could have been tackled if needed resources were made available to the army.
He said the army needed funds to procure some critical projects such as drones and aerial reconnaissance center (N2.5b), rehabilitation of barracks (N5bn), procurement of arms and ammunition (N4.8bn), funds for additional three divisions and new operational activation each N1.5 b totaling N4.5b.
The army chief noted that the military was working to clear the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents from Sambisa forest and dark spots in the northeast.
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Meanwhile, troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion and 177 Guards Battalion on Wednesday, January 31, while on joint clearance operation along Benue and Nassarawa states border, were alerted on the presence of unidentified armed militia. It was confirmed that the criminals were setting houses on fire in Igacha village, about 4 kilometres away from Kadarko town.
It was confirmed that the criminals were setting houses on fire in Igacha village, about 4 kilometres away from Kadarko town.
According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the director, army public relations, Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the troops responded immediately by mobilizing to the area to stop the arson and apprehending the perpetrators.
The militia on sighting troops, were said to have abandoned their mission, scampering for safety in different directions. However, the troops neutralized one of the assailants, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
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