Abuja – Abdullahi Gana, the Commander General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says the corps are working in conjunction with the Police to restore the confidence of the people in the Northeast.
Gana made this known in an interview with in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that 1500 NSCDC personnel and 1500 policemen had been deployed to the deserted towns in the area in the wake of the activities of Boko Haram.
“In 2015, we were approached by the Chief of Defence Staff to go to the Northeast and restore confidence in the populace that are in the IDP camps now that peace had finally returned.
“When you go to places like Bama, Monguno, Gamboru-Ngala and see what is happening there, you will realise that it is purely the military and the civil defence corps that are working there.
“At the moment, there is a programme called the Bama Initiative.
“You know Bama is the second largest city in Borno State, but it has been deserted. We are going back there to live with them.
“ 1500 of my men and 1500 Police. We are going to live with them just to instill that confidence in the populace to show them that those who left the area out of fear can go back there and live their normal lives.’’
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are the most affected states in the over six years OF insurgency carried out by Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast.
Borno State has, however, lost more territories than its sister states with the bandits sacking locals from 20 out of the 27 local government areas in the state.
The result is the displacement of nearly two million persons, with many forced to live in makeshift camps within Maiduguri, the capital city.
The Nigerian armed forces said troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole had recaptured all lost territories.
A mandate of December 2016 had been given to the military by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the activities of Boko Haram in the region.
The state government believes that the deployment of civil authorities in abandoned towns would complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army.
The commander general, however, said that the operations had not been without challenges as the business of providing security for any crisis area was always a difficult experience.
“The experience has been not too good. But we thank the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, for assisting our men in carrying out our duty.
“We’re also in charge of providing security for internally displaced persons in the entire Northeast.’’