Nigeria’s Chief Of Defence Staff Speaks On Security Threats In The Country

By Ikenga Chronicles July 9, 2017

Nigeria’s Chief Of Defence Staff Speaks On Security Threats In The Country

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin is in New York York, where he has spoken on various security threats confronting Nigeria. The defence chief was at the UN headquarters for the second Chiefs of Defence Conference, alongside more than 100 other Chiefs of  Defence Staff all over the world.

While speaking, he said: “By my estimation, we have about 14 security threats that we are confronting, ranging from terrorism, insurgency,  kidnapping, cultism, to issues linked to armed robbery.

“We are handling operations in all the geo-political zones of the country, but the major one is the one in the Northeast, which is ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’.

“We have, of course operations down South and taking charge of militancy and oil theft; we also have that in Lagos.

“But the major one is ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, which of course since we came on board, we have stepped up the scheme.

“Right now, we have been able to decimate Boko Haram terrorists, but what they are doing right now is hitting soft targets through suicide bombers.

“We realised that to mitigate this particular menace is not only about the military. So we need to carry the whole nation along to be able to address that.”

“We are working alongside the DSS – Department of State Services -, the Police, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“We are also ensuring that the civil authority is put in place; places that the military had taken over, we encourage the Police and Civil Defence to come on so they can provide civil authority for displaced people to move in.”

Olonisakin further revealed: “we have what we call Operation Safe Corridor in Gombe that is to handle this kind of surrendered terrorists.

“I believe in the next couple of days, repentant Boko Haram terrorists will be moved to that Operation Safe Corridor where they will conduct de-radicalization and integration procedure for them.

“Down South, of course we have issues too but the military is stepping up its game to make sure we address the security challenges back home.”

On peacekeeping operations, the Defence Chief said Nigeria had met and exceeded the gender percentage, having 16.2 per cent female peacekeepers as against the 15 per cent benchmark by the UN.