Tuesday, 30 September 2014

DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS: Boko Haram Is Looting Our Armoury


The Defence Headquarters has said that it was aware that members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect are in the habit of looting its armoury. The military authorities stated that they were making efforts to secure all armouries in its various formations across the country.

Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, made the disclosure during his first real-time Twitter chat which held on Sunday night.

The army general was, however, not categorical about the grades of weapons just as he did not name the armouries that have so far been looted by the insurgents.

  “We are taking measures to ensure that our armouries are secured. We agree and are aware Boko Haram has stolen arms.”

Olukolade said while responding to an inquiry by one of the participants of the Twitter chat.

The Defence spokesman explained that the military high command frowned on the proliferation of arms, noting that inter-agency cooperation had recently been heightened to contain the menace.

According to Olukolade, the policing of Nigerian borders with other West African neighbours have been repositioned in view of the security threats posed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Inter-agency collaboration has been heightened; from all indications policing of our borders has increased. Our strategic information-sharing policy considers transparency, security, propriety and accuracy in reporting to the public,” he added.

Warning that the military would deal decisively with saboteurs among its officers and men engaged in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North East, Olukolade said the service chiefs were “monitoring all personnel both in the frontline and rear”, adding that “suspicious people are being vetted.”

Don't know if I should laugh or cry.... for how many years have you known this? The 'saboteurs' have just receiving their warnings while the victims have been sentenced to death!! These are the kind of statements that make me sorry for Nigeria and Nigerians

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