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Insecurity: Defence Minister urges increased military operations in Nigeria

Dr. Bello Matawalle, MON, Minister of State for Defence

*Dr. Bello Matawalle, MON, Minister of State for Defence, calls for intensified operations against terrorists and bandits in the region

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of incessant insecurity occasioned by the activities of terrorists and bandits in the North West of the country, Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Matawalle, MON,  Honourable Minister of State for Defence, has called for intensified operations against terrorists and bandits in the region.

Matawalle noted the activities of these bandits have increased over time, especially in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara states, and the situation has led to attacks on personnel and loss of lives and destruction of military hardware in the process.

Henshaw Ogubike, mnipr, FCAi, Director of Information and Public Relations in the Ministry, in a statement, said the Minister, therefore, has directed the Nigerian Military to adopt a more proactive approach in decimating the activities of bandits and in dealing with insecurity in the above mentioned states as he emphasised the need for synergy among the Services to be able to wipe out insurgency and other form criminalities in the region.

The emphasised the urgency of these operations.

“The safety and well-being of our citizens remain paramount, and it is imperative that decisive action be taken to curb the menace of terrorism and banditry in our communities,” he stated.

Highlighting the significance of these operations beyond just security, Dr. Matawalle also underscored their role in fostering a conducive environment for agricultural activities to strive.

The Minister further said: “Enhanced security in the region will not only safeguard the lives and properties of our people but also improve the quality of farming and irrigation.

“Farmers will be able to cultivate their lands without fear of attacks, thus ensuring food security and economic prosperity for the region.”

Matawalle reaffirmed the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration in tackling insecurity head on and ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens.

The called for cooperation from all stakeholders, urging communities to support security agencies in their efforts to rid the region of criminal elements.

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