Borno holds emergency security meeting to increase surveillance

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has held an emergency security meeting with heads of Security Agencies on how to increase surveillance and forestall unanticipated security breach, following resurgence attacks by remnants of the ‎Boko Haram members.

A statement by the government said the meeting began with a three hour closed door meeting with the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, who briefed the Governor on the ongoing military operations in the wake of recent attacks.

The statement said Major General Irabor gave the governor the assurances that the remnants of the insurgents were on suicidal mission due to their displacement from their former headquarters at the Sambisa forest.

It said that after the meeting with the Theatre Commander, who is not a member of the State Security Council, the Governor presided over an emergency meeting with the State Security Council that involved the core armed forces.

The meeting decided to establish new guard locations in some routes across the State and the deployment and increase of security personnel to various locations, to curtail the movement of remnants of Boko Haram fighters.

The statement said the Governor gave an approval for the release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance, due to the involvement of more members of Civilian JTF-youth volunteers.

It also said the Governor approved logistics and adopted measures to compliment efforts of the federal government in strengthening the armed forces and equally to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters.

The meeting also reviewed synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers and adopted steps to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.

The council however warned mischief makers against destabilizing the emerging peace across the State, as it deliberated on recent false information spread to cause disaffection between armed forces and volunteers, particularly the Civilian JTF.

The statement said the measures adopted at the meeting were already being implemented.