The Commander 301 Artillery Regiment of the Nigeria Army Gombe, Col. John Chukwema Nbanefor has called for the effective training and equipping of the Nigeria Police Force to enable it deliver on it’s key constitutional mandate of providing internal security.
Addressing members of course 15 of the Executive Inteligence Management Course of the Institute of Security Studies Abuja at the 301 headquarters, Col. John Chukwema Nbanefor expressed concern that the failure of authorities to adequately fund and equip the Police has undoubtedly hampered it’s performance hence the intervention of military in internal security matters.
He said the Military which is basically trained in war and with the core mandate of protecting the sovereignty of the country against external aggression is being overstressed in internal security matters with no room for training and retraining as required to keep troops in tune with modern war strategies.
Commenting on the security situation in Gombe State, Col John Nbanefor said though the state is relatively peaceful when compared to it’s neighbours, however noted that threat to peace remains real.
He explained that activities of political thugs, kidnapping and migration of criminal elements from other parts of the country remains a major security concerns.
Col. Nbanefor also noted that the location of the state in the center of the North East has been exploited by insurgents for their logistics supplies. He however assures that with the synergy among the security agencies in the state and the support of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya efforts will be sustained to secure the state.
Earlier, the Faculty spokesperson of the National Institute of Security Studies Abuja Dr Nka Obi-Bisong informed the Commander that the team is in the state on a study tour to assess the impact of climate change and global warming on security and the socio economic wellbeing of the people.
The interaction featured questions and answers by the participants after a PowerPoint presentation on the security update of the state by the acting 2/ic of the command Major Awete Ornan.
Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
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