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HURIWA tackles FG over 137 porous borders in North

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
04 October 2022   |   2:59 am
For reportedly admitting that 137 unmanned borders in the North are being exploited by terrorists from the Sahel to unleash mayhem in Nigeria, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria

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For reportedly admitting that 137 unmanned borders in the North are being exploited by terrorists from the Sahel to unleash mayhem in Nigeria, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, tackled Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, saying the admission “unmistakably indicted” him as he ought to be the first in rank of the entire service chiefs.

The group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, advised the CDS to “brace up to the security challenges confronting the nation and proffer solutions to the unmanned borders used as access points by terrorists from Niger Republic and Chad to launch attacks in Nigeria or resign if he can’t address the situation.

“What has happened to the deployment of information technology such as drones to checkmate infiltration of bad elements bringing in assorted weapons into Nigeria through the Northern axis?”

According to reports, Irabor, on Friday, at a public lecture in Lagos, was quoted as saying: “The porous nature of the borders has made it easily accessible for terrorists and bandits to enter the country to commit mayhem.

“For instance, there are about 364 approved international border points in Nigeria, with about 261 in the North East and North West regions.

“Out of this 261, only 124 are manned, leaving the remaining 137 unmanned by security agencies. Intelligence suggests that violent actors are using some of these normal border points to move freely from countries into Nigeria to cause mayhem.”

Reacting to the submissions of the CDS, Onwubiko said it was disappointing that he had taken to lamentation when his job is not to weary Nigerians with ‘excuses’ but to solve the security challenge.

He continued: Nigerians are perplexed at the self-indicting revelation by the CDS, who came into office on January 26, 2021. If the General knows he can’t protect Nigerians, according to the oath of office that he swore, he should resign for a competent person to crush bloodthirsty terrorists and bandits overrunning the country with unfathomable killings and kidnap-for-ransom boom.

“Nigerians are being killed daily in their numbers and are tired of excuses given by the CDS and other service chiefs. Nigerians want results not excuses. The CDS should deploy drones and unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the vast borders said to be porous and volatile. More men should be recruited to man these borders to stop or prevent infiltration by terrorists in Chad and Niger Republic. By the way why should Nigeria as sovereignty approve more border points than the nation can protect? Is the government aware that border security is what makes the country sovereign?”

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