“Boko Haram menace is not a war the army can easily win” – Alao-Akala

Former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala in an interview with
Vanguard says the army with all its sophistication can not easily win
the battle against Boko Haram. He said this while responding to questions about
the state of insecurity in Nigeria and what should be done to arrest the
threatening situation

due respect to the army, no matter how sophisticated the army is, this
is not a war they can easily win. It is one that everybody has to
participate in order for the nation to win. What they should do is
to make sure the police are well equipped to face the challenge. If you
see when they started they first of all scared away the police. They
are attacking police station all over the place just to scare them. And
they allowed police to be scared by bringing in army, no! They
should have fortified the police by giving them more money and vital
equipment to enable them to face these people. The police are more
widespread in this country than the army. We have police post in every
locality, but soldiers are not everywhere. If you remember, at the
commencement of the civil war, there was what they called police action
first, but when they felt the police could not deliver, they brought in
the army. Right now, there is a department in the police called
CIB, Civil Intelligence Bureau. The CIB will gather intelligence report,
which will not be sent to anywhere but used within the immediate
environment and action taken immediately based on the intelligence
gathered and analysed by the officers. If the police are in
charge, they would send intelligence officers to mingle with the areas
they consider as Boko Haram black spots to be able to gather vital
information in dealing with them. So, my suggestion is that the police
should be brought in; army should be in the background. Why we have
mobile policemen is because of this type of situation, MOPOL is a sort
of para-military and they are well armed and well trained to face this
type of a threat to the society”. he said

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