An army officer, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj- Gen. Garba Wahab, yesterday said that the military was closing in on politicians, who sponsor terrorism in the country. According to Wahab, the Police alone cannot handle the security challenges facing the country.
He says, “If we are told by the political leadership of Nigeria to leave the streets today, it will take me just a few minutes to order my soldiers back to the barracks. But the police cannot handle the situation alone; that is why we were called in the first place.
Wahab was speaking when he received the executive members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna led by its chairman, Mr. Luka Binniyat, at the 1 Div Headquarters. Kaduna. He said the Army would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Nigerians live in peace and are well secured.
He continues: “We are dealing with terrorists, who operate a complex command chain and understand their turf very well. Some of them who we have arrested are just the foot-soldiers, who do not even know one another. We believe that they have spiritual and political leaders and we have started getting at them.
“These people have well -stocked arms but we do not want to create panic in the public with revelation of arms we have recovered from them. In Zaria alone, in the house of the an influential man, we engaged these terrorists on several hours of gun battle before we subdued them. We discovered a pile-up of explosives, maybe about a tonne. We had to evacuate the entire area before removing the explosives.”