The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, September 28, slammed the incessant attacks on Nigerians; including security operatives in the North-Western states in Nigeria.
Aregbesola made this assertion while delivering a keynote address at titled; ‘For Effective Border Control and National Security’; at the Passing Out Parade of the first batch of 285 Officers and Men of the Nigeria Immigration Service drafted for ‘Special Operation in the North-West’ in Kano State.
The minister complained that bandits, whom he described as “enemy” and “cowards”; were out to create fear in the hearts of the people; and give “false impression that government could not protect the people”.
Regarding the programme, Aregbesola tweeted that this first set of officers; and men are part of 2,000 personnel of the service to be drafted and trained for the operation.
This is designed primarily to tackle the security challenges in the North-Western states in Nigeria.
He said, “The operation is a formulated campaign resulting from the peculiar security scenario of the North-West that shares some characteristics with the insurgency.
“This is usually a medium or low-level conflict in which the enemy appears from hiding to launch a surprise but cowardly attacks on usually unarmed innocent civilians and sometimes military personnel or public infrastructure.
“They hurriedly leave before an adequate response could arrive and then vanish into thin air. So, they appear to disappear and then reappear and disappear again. They ordinarily could not withstand government forces in muzzle to muzzle fighting. They would be crushed and routed in hours.
“But their objective is to do maximum damage, using the element of cowardly attack in order to strike fear in the hearts of the people and embarrass the government by giving a false impression that government could not protect the people.”
“The security agencies, therefore, need to collaborate in formulating strategies that will cordon off the immigrating adversaries, deter others in their attempts and put the ones domiciled within the national territory to a degraded status, after which they would completely surrender.”