The Borno State government has asked for the deployment of more troops to the state to facilitate a speedy stamping out of the menace of Boko Haram insurgents from the state.
The Borno State deputy governor, Zanna Umar Mustapha,made the call Wednesday in Maiduguri whilereceiving the assistant inspector general of Police, Zone 12, Edgar Tam Nanakumo, in his office.
Mustapha lamented that the insurgents still had strongholds inBama and two other local government areas in the state, adding that more troops need to be deployed to the affected arrears to dislodge them.
While assuring the police authorities of the state government’s readiness to support the efforts to provide security, he noted that many police stations in the state are prone to attacks by BokoHaram members because they were not fenced or well secured.
According to the deputy governor, the casualties recorded by the police might have been reduced had their stations been fenced and well secured.
“Most of the police stations in the state and country generally are not secured and this made it possible for the hoodlums to penetrate and wreak havoc. It is sad and regrettable that we’ve lost quite a number of policemen in the state and other parts of the country. The federal government should do something about it,” Mustaphapleaded.
The deputy governor also canvassed for a better welfare and more training for policemen, reasoning that only a well-equipped officer can effectively fight crime.
“We have seen policemen in other countries; well-equipped and being properly taken care of. That is why they do their work with passion because their welfare is guaranteed. It is when we take care of our policemen and women that they can in turn protect us and police our communities well,” he added.
AIG Nanakumo in his brief remarks during the visit said he was in the state to assess the condition of police personnel and to condole the families of the policemen who were killed in Bama and other parts of the state.