Six governors of the North East geo-political zone have called on the Federal Government to incorporate the Nigerian police into the ongoing fight against terrorism in the region.
The terrorism ignited by Boko Haram in 2009 has claimed over 36,000 lives and property worth over N3 trillion in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
A communiqué signed by the Chairman of North East Governor’s Forum Babagana Zulum of Borno after weekend’s meeting in Maiduguri said that they want the Federal Government to allow the police to be armed with high calibre rifles like those of the military for effective fight to end this war.
According to them allowing the police to carry state-of-the-art weapons will bridge the manpower deficit in the military where necessary.
The police should be provided with strategic equipment like high velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers.
Last Saturday the governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states met in Maiduguri and examined the challenges facing the sub-region.
The governors also advocated the security of hard-to-reach areas and farmlands to avert looming food shortage in the region.
Lamenting incessant attacks by bandits in the region, they urged the Federal Government to deploy state-of-the-art military hardware to the region.