November 23, 2019
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Ndume identifies Boko Haram hideouts in Northeast

The chairman of Senate Committee on Army; Sen. Mohammed Ndume has said
that Boko Haram terrorists are “still hiding” in three locations of
Northeast.
Ndume disclosed this Tuesday at a security summit convened by
Inspector General of Police (IGP); Mohammed Adamu; held in Maiduguri,
Borno state capital.
He said that the insurgents are still hibernating on fringes of Lake
Chad, Mandara Mountains and Sambisa Forests of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe
states.
He said: “We know that the remaining three locations of insurgents
are; in the Lake Chad region, Mandara Mountains and the Sambisa Forest
in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
“With the current technology, the Theatre Commander said the last time
that within three months they can end this war.”
Ndume, who represented the Senate President Ahmed Lawan at the summit,
however; regretted the low budgetary allocations for security.
He stated that the fight cannot be won with the conventional army
tactics, meagre budgetary allocations and inadequate personnel by the
army and the police in the country.
His words: “The army is doing well but it’s not enough because we have
not seeing the end of it. Let me say that we cannot fight a war on
this vast land that we have with only 150, 000 soldiers.
“Right now, the population of the Nigerian Army is 150, 000 plus the
4,000 recently released which makes it 160,000 personal. We cannot
fight this war with have less than 400, 000 police.
“We cannot also police with what is budgeted for this year for the
police. The constitution says the security and welfares of the people
are paramount.
“How can a meagre budgetary allocation for police, while N100 billion
for the military?”
He also urged the North East Development Commission (NEDC) headed by
Mohammed Alkali; to expend its N35 billion budget before the end of
the year, warning the commission will have to lose the money with the
TSA system of federal government.
He called on the Commission to lease with Borno Government and spend
the money on the displaced people that who want to return to their
communities and also provide money for them to start a new life.

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