Abuja - Borno State has requested the federal government to build military barracks in several border towns in the region to wade off the threat of terror invasions and eventually end to the problem of Boko Haram insurgency.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Col. Azubuike Ihejirika, while hosting the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha, said the state had in the last few years been threatened by the insurgents who easily moved in and out of the state through the borders to unleash devastating attacks.
He said particularly prone to these attacks were areas bordering Cameroon, which he said had not been helpful in assisting in keeping the insurgents in check as it gave terrorists unhindered passage.
Mustapha concurred with Ihejirika saying the federal government should consider the building of barracks close to the borders especially in Gamboru/Ngala and Banki, which border Cameroon.
He also appealed that border patrol be done with more effectiveness as the major check on the insurgents and other challenges at the borders.
The Deputy Governor also asked the Federal Government to re-introduce air border policing in order to ensure effective security in at the country’s borders.
He insisted there should be multilateral relationship with neighbouring countries to check insecurity problems porous borders posed.
He commended the military and other security agencies in the state for restoring peace in Maiduguri and other urban areas.
Maiduguri is one of the centres worst-affected by terror activities of the Boko Haram sect.
– CAJ News