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Insecurity: Government to recruit more troops, officers –VP Osinbajo

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Emmanuel Akosile

In view of the festering security challenges confronting Nigeria and Nigerians in recent times, Vice-President (Prof.) Yemi Osinbajo says there is an ongoing effort to improve the security situation in the country.

These, according to Osinbajo, include plans to recruit more troops and officers to beef up the personnel of security agencies.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s Spokesman, in a statement Monday, February 3, in Abuja, said the Vice-President stated this when he received clergymen from Northern Nigeria, under the aegis of the Arewa Pastors’ Forum for Peace, at the Presidential Villa.

The Vice-President disclosed that the Federal Government is committed to containing the threats and security concerns in the country.

He assured the visiting pastors that the Federal Government is doing everything that needed to be done.

“We are handling security well, and as you know, including military deployment in diverse fields, like the Boko Haram in the North-East.

“In fact, we have to now recruit more into the Army, and much faster than we ever did because we need men on the ground; resources also – to buy more arms, to buy more platforms.

“At the last meeting of the National Security Council that was held on Thursday, we had discussions on how to beef up the military’s platforms.

“How do we beef up the numbers? How do we recruit more men and women into the Army? How do we collaborate more with local vigilante, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and all that? He said.

He added that “there is a lot going on in terms of trying to beef up security; the security situation is one that is very challenging.

“We are also looking at aspects of surveillance – how we can do more aerial surveillance using drones and electronic devices to improve surveillance.”

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