Police Should Be Trained to Tackle Insurgency -Army Chief


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has revealed that the Nigerian Army has become overstretched while implying Police should be trained to combat insecurity.

Buratai made this known during the maiden bi-annual public lecture series of the Federal University Dutsinma, Katsina, titled: ‘Security Challenges in Nigeria: Case of Northern States’.
“What we see lately is rumblings of a dying group,” Buratai said.

“There has also been a rapid escalation of armed conflicts between herdsmen and rural communities and an unbelievable expansion of cattle rustling and invasion of ungoverned territories by armed criminal gangs as is the case in the North West and part of North Central”, he added.

Abubakar Saddique, a Professor in the department of Department of Political Science and Internal Relations, ABU Zaria, also called for the restructuring of Nigeria’s security system.

“Nigerian Army is over stretched; so, we have to change our security architecture. We should expand police mobile force and train them to deal with insecurity. The mobile force should be transformed into extremely mobile force,” he said.

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