Fronm Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has called on security agencies, traditional rulers, community leaders and members of the public to continue to collaborate in order to rid of the state and north-east of Boko Haram terrorism.
Governor Gaidam disclosed this recently at the opening of two-day national sensitization workshop on the Implementation of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST).
He commended the army, police and other security agencies for risking their lives to defend the state and its people, stressed that no meaningful progress can be made unless all security agencies work in harmony.
The Governor urged the federal government through the office of the national security Adviser, to intensify the mopping up of the remaining of Boko Haram terrorists in all nooks and crannies of the northeast in conjunction with the vigilante groups and with the aid of organized community policing and surveillance training.
According to him, “there can be no effective counter terrorism strategy without adequate intelligence timely information is key to addressing the problem of terrorism here in Yobe State”
He also declared that, “we have set up machinery for providing information, the locations and where about of terrorists whenever they are spotted, this is further supported through effective collaboration and trust before the security agencies and the civil population.”
In his address National Security Adviser Major General Babangida Monguno (rtd) who was represented by Head of the counter Terrorism center Alhassan Abubakar Hussaini, appreciated governor Gaidam for his resolute commitment to ensuing peace in the state and his outstanding contribution to the fight against terrorism.
Monguno said terrorism has had a profound negative impact on the nation, citing example with the devastating loss of life and property caused by Boko Haram unspeakable carnage across the northeast.
He identified the five pillars of the counter terrorism strategy to include forestall, secure, identity, prospered and implement where people are stopped from becoming terrorists, where the capacity to fight terror is strengthened, where terrorists and early warning systems and where there is preparation to mitigate the impact of potential terrorist attacks.