Boko Haram: Community policing only solution — Ex-Army chief

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BY GODFREY BIVBERE

LAGOS—Former Chief of Army Staff, General Salihu Ibrahim, has advocated community policing as the best way to curb the problem of Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

strategizing: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minima (left); his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (middle) and General Officer Commanding 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen John Zaruwa, aboard a Nigerian Air Force plane strategising with the aid of maps in the ongoing counter-terrorist operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during a visit to the area, weekend.

Ibrahim, who is the chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, in a chat with Vanguard, in Lagos, said various communities must cooperate with the security agencies to stop the destruction of lives and property especially in the north eastern part of the country.

He charged residents of the areas to give useful information about strangers and unusual activities around their communities to the security agencies.

According to him, ”There is need to re-emphasise and educate the public more to pass on information about any unforeseen or unjust activities going on around them and if there are people, strangers in their midst, they should report such people to the police and the security agencies for clarification. Those in the villages must help in identifying who the bad guys are.

”The government is doing very well in trying to tackle the unfortunate security situation in our country,” he said.

I think it seems to be diverting attention and eroding efforts of government and the people themselves, particularly in areas where these things are happening. Government must mobilise the public.

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