By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI—DETERMINED to squarely address the security situation in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, where 20 lives were lost in fresh attacks from the Boko Haram sect, the Federal Government has sent two Air Force Helicopters that will complement the efforts of the police and the military to curb the ugly trend.
The two Helicopters which arrived Tuesday at about 1:00 p.m came 10 minute after the official distribution of 40 Hilux/pick-up patrol vehicles to the Army tagged: “Operation Mesa (Python)” by the state government.
Flagging off the distribution at the Government House, Maiduguri before the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihenacho Ihejirika among other top military officers, Governor Ali Modu Sheriff stated that, it was unfortunate that Borno, which was well known as “ The Home of Peace” for the past decades, was turning into a crisis-prone area due to some sections of the people who called themselves Boko Haram sect and said his administration would do everything possible to deal with criminals in the state.
Complementing the Military
Sheriff noted that the donation of these vehicles by the state government is aimed at complementing the efforts of the military and other security agencies who are committed to ensure adequate security of lives and property of the citizenry, adding that, apart from the 60 patrol vehicles donated to the police last year, another new ones would be given to the Nigeria police and other security outfits, as government has already ordered for additional patrol vehicles and communication gadgets that will arrive the state next week.
The governor recalled in a bad mood, that for just two months ago, 20 people out of which 12 were policemen who had lost their lives due to the harassment, intimidation and killings by the suspected Boko Haram sect in the state, and that appropriate measures has been taken by the government to nip this problem in the bud.