In a bid to improve the security situation in the country, the service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has appeared before the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, to list their challenges and needs.
The service chiefs include the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar; and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, requested that the National Assembly intervene in enhancing surveillance to cover the backwaters, creeks, and other areas behind the coastline, noting that if this, is done, oil theft, pipeline vandalisation, and illegal refining will be monitored 24 hours consistently.
IGP Kayode Egbetokun outlined some challenges within the force, including poor logistics provision, insufficient patrol vehicles for police divisions, inadequate training, and poor welfare of personnel while CDS Musa requested improved funding, disclosing that every military man including himself is fed one thousand, five hundred naira per day.
The defence chief wanted the collaboration of the judiciary to ensure that criminals are not released on technicalities and that special courts address the arrest of high-level criminals while he expressed concern that it puts the safety of security personnel at risk, adding that Simon Ekpa was a menace to the country and that action should be taken diplomatically.