Ex-governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has accused the Nigerian army of selling firearms to same terrorist groups who are responsible for the worsening states of insecurity in the country.
Duke revealed this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics; in reaction to the ‘Zabarmari killings’ of rice farmers by Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State Saturday.
“Most of the weaponry used by Boko Haram come from our armory, we will need to look into that. why are we selling weapons to the enemy?,” he asked.
Duke said the nation’s security system needs a total overhaul especially in the areas of weaponry, the levels of education and training, as well as the welfare of officers; urged the government to up the ante in dealing with the menace of crime, and insecurity in the country.
According to the former governor, described crime as a “sophisticated business,” noting that those who are employed to fight the menace need to, at least be, at par with the perpetrators.
Duke expressed displeasure that the level of people recruited into the Force portrays low enlightenment and education.
“Crime is a lot more sophisticated than that. The level of people we bring into the Force is a bit too low (I think it is the school cert.). But then, we have a large pool of graduates who are unemployed. They should be recruited.
“We need people who can think alongside the perpetrators of the crime. We need to up the ante and train them and motivate them. There has to be an insurance scheme to look after them.”
He further said, “Motivate the soldiers in the northeast. I think they are under-motivated. We need to task them on intelligence gathering. More of intelligence than firepower.
“On the other front, by now, we need to develop a strategy on kidnap. Are the police properly motivated? I doubt it, and they don’t have enough weaponry,” Duke concluded.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News