National Security Adviser, Colonel(rtd) Sambo Dasuki (right) discusses with Minister of the Interior, Comrade Abba Moro at the Presidential Villa after a security meeting with the President which held mid-year 2013, following the declaration of a State of Emergency in three states hitherto blighted by insurgency.
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Nigeria plans to buy at least three
surveillance aircraft to check cross-border activities of Boko Haram militants and other crimes.
“In my recent visit to the Czech Republic, we inspected the surveillance aeroplane facility in Prague and proposals to the relevant agencies of government for the
procurement of at least three of such
surveillance aeroplanes,” Interior Minister Abba Moro told reporters in Abuja Sunday. “When we get the nod we will be able to provide them,” he added.
Moro did not mention the cost of the
aircraft and whether such purchase is
listed in the country’s 2014 budget. “The combination of plazas [border
facilities to screen people coming into the country], border patrol vehicles and the surveillance technology will reduce incidents of unwarranted entry into the country of persons and goods,” said the minister.
He described the decision to purchase
such aircraft as “part of the strategies to check terrorism and insecurity posed by the influx of illegal immigrants and members of Boko Haram.”
Nigeria has reportedly been negotiating a security agreement with Cameroon to grant its troops access to Boko Haram settlement in the former French colony, which officials claim has become the new
haven for the insurgents.
Following months of counter-insurgency measures by the Nigerian military, Boko Haram fighters are believed to have sought refuge in border towns inside neighboring Cameroon from which they had reportedly launching surprise raids on villages in Nigeria’s northeastern
Boko Haram, a hitherto peaceful
organization that had preached
against corruption, suddenly turned
violent in 2009 following the murder of group leader Mohamed Yusuf while in police custody. In the years since, the group has been blamed for thousands of terrorist acts, including attacks on churches and security posts across Nigeria’s northern region,
especially the three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
Although it claims to want an Islamist
government in the region, Nigerian
Muslims – most of whom reject
Boko Haram as un-Islamic – have also
been targeted by the militant group.
By Rafiu Ajakaye
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