Critical Times News : Boko Haram has been degraded — Dambazau insists

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Boko Haram has been degraded — Dambazau insists

Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazzau, has insisted that insurgent terrorist group Boko Haram has been degraded despite recent setback suffered by the Nigeria military.

The minister said the claim is justified given the improved general security in the northeast region where the insurgents held sway in before 2015.

He explained that recent incursions that claimed lives of over 100 personnel of the armed forces was carried out by remnants of the insurgents that are holed up in the Lake Chad joint operational zone, he said is responsibility of Lake Chad Basin countries.

The minister spoke in Abuja as he unveiled prototype design of the “technology building” that will house the command and control centre of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) toward boosting the country’s security.

General Dambazzau explained that when completed, the project it will enhance efficiency in border and internal security of the nation.

According to the Minister of Interior, the essence of establishing the technology building is to bring all the data together into one place.

“First, it will protect our data. Second is to have easy access to the data and thirdly, is to be sure that by doing that it will facilitate efficiency in terms of service delivery. So, those are the three main reasons why the project is embarked upon”
Asked to justify federal government claim that Boko Haram has been degraded in the face of steady incursions by Boko Haram, Dambazau said:

“Of course, there no doubt that Boko Haram has been degraded. Don’t forget the fact that 2015 when this government came in at that time, about fourteen Local governments were flying Boko Haram flags, that is not the case today. What is happening now is just within the Lake Chad Basin and this Lake Chad Basin, don’t forget is the responsibility of four countries; Nigeria, Cameron, Niger and Chad and this is where we have Lake Chad Basin Authority.

“So, to be able to deal with this, this is why President Muhammadu Buhari today (Thursday) is in Chad to discuss this fundamental issue on how to deal with the situation. You know the fact that some of them (Boko Haram) launched these aggressive attacks from the territory of Chad or Niger, so absolutely to deal with this situation it requires the efforts of the four countries, and this is precisely why the President is in Chad today (Thursday) to discuss the issue.”

He said the NIS technology building will address some of the security challenges facing presently, stating that “one of the major problems the country is facing is cross-border criminal activities, trafficking in arms, trafficking in drugs, human trafficking and terrorism. These activities are done by human beings and there is human beings across borders. So security wise we will be able to distinguish between the right persons and the wrong persons.

“There is going to be an interface with Interpol, and above all we will be able to capture the data of every human being coming into the country and going out. We also going to capture data of every Nigerian citizens and this certainly will go a long way in facilitating efficiency in terms of security of our nation.”

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