FG partnering states to tackle insecurity in North East- Presidency 

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Presidency on Sunday announced fresh security arrangements between the Muhammadu Buhari led federal government and some Northwestern state governments to tackle insecurity in the North East.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the administration is pursuing an urgent revamp of the national security apparatus in the subregion following the infiltration of bandits into areas, otherwise secure.

This is coming on the heels of the recent of the killing of 34 persons in an attack on Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa communities in Shinkafi Local Government Areas of Zamfara.

President Buhari, who expressed sorrow over the renewed attacks extended his sympathies to the governments and people of Sokoto and Zamfara states and charged all stakeholders, made up of the federal security agencies and the states involved in drawing up the long-term strategic defence plan to begin its immediate implementation.

Under the plan, states are joining the federal government in supporting the security and military operations by providing logistical support. States are providing additional vehicles in addition to those provided from the center.

The federal government is establishing new forward operation bases and when all of these come together, the ongoing operations will be scaled up.

The National Emergency Management Agency,NEMA and the various State Emergency Management Agencies, SEMA are expected to streamline their operations to provide succor to displaced persons, thousands of whom are taking refuge in the neighboring Niger Republic.

The full implementation of the plan is expected to provide security for residents to return to deserted communities.

“President Buhari assures once again the his administration is fully conscious of its responsibility of protecting the life and property of citizens and will not fail in that regard,” Presidency stated.

 

Tony Ailemen, Abuja 

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Insurgency: It will cost N9.2trn to rehabilitate North East zone- Ndume

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Immediate past Senate Leader, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) has revealed that it will cost N9.2 trillion to rehabilitate the North East geopolitical zone ravaged by insurgency.
The senator who expressed worry that his homestate of Borno is the most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Addressing Journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, Ndume who is also contesting for the position of Senate President in the Ninth Assembly, described his state as a failed state.
According to him, the zone would need someone like him to be the Next Senate President in order to bring back the state to where things will work, adding that at the moment, there is no telephone, no light, no functional schools in his local government.
He also insisted that he would not step down for Ahmad Lawan, the endorsed candidate for the position of Senate President.
He said: “The insurgency has inflicted N9.2 trillion destruction on the North East. And you need somebody who knows where it pinches. We in Borno are in the epicenter of the Book Haram destruction. So it is not like what you will get from the Office of the Senate President but what you can do with it. If you are the Senate President in this country, you will be able to globetrot around, tell people how the problem is becauseb you are in the heart of the problem. You know how it is.
“So, if this opportunity is given to us, we have three critical issues in Borno particularly and and the North East in general.
“One is the issue of recharging of Lake Chad, which should be taken globally by somebody that knows it, somebody that can explain better to the people. Two, the issue of insurgence as I said, had inflicted a N2.7
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