The Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has held an emergency security meeting in response to the troubling resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in parts of the North Eastern state.
Shettima in a statement signed his Special Adviser to on Communication and Strategy, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the meeting was held behind closed door in attendance with all heads of security agencies in the state including Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and the Department of State Security (DSS) at the Council Chambers of the Goverment House in Maiduguri.
He said that proactive measures were taken on how to increase surveillance against Boko Haram attacks.
According to the statement, the meeting lasted for over three hours after the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor had briefed the governor on recent attacks and ongoing military operations, adding that discussions were also centred on wave of suicide attacks following the dismantling of Boko Haram stronghold in Sambisa Forest.
The statement read: “At the end of meeting, new guard locations were established in some routes across the State to curtail the movement of remnants of Boko Haram fighters; deployment of security personnel to various locations were increased with more members of Civilian JTF (youth volunteers involved) while the Governor gave approval for release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance.
“ The Governor also approved logistics to compliment efforts of the federal government in strengthening armed forces while measures were adopted to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters. The meeting also reviewed synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers with steps adopted to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.”
” The council deliberated on recent false information spread by mischief makers to cause disaffection between armed forces and volunteers particularly the Civilian JTF with the council warning mischief makers against destabilizing the emerging peace across the State.”
The meeting was also attended by the GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Victor Ezuguw, Commander, 79 Composite Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Oho; the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu; the Garrison Commander, 7 Division of the Army, Brigadier General Jibrin G. Mohammed; and the State Director of the DSS, Suleiman Kankia.
Others are: Commandant of the Nigerian Civil Defense Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi; the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa, the attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan and the Permanent Secretary in charge of security.