The Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff , Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas has said that the major challenge facing the security system in Nigeria now is the continued inflow of arms through the nation’s wide and porous borders from neighbouring countries.
Speaking to news men today, Tuesday, shortly after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas said: “another area of concern is the arms inflow into the nation. It is only God perhaps that can police such an expanse of borders that we have.
“That is an areas that Mr. President has directed that we do all that we can to ensure that we block the gaps and those security areas that we also need to address.”
Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete said that the solution to the growing case of inflow of arms into Nigeria would be to identify other means and strategies of addressing the porous nature of the nation’s borders.
“The responsibility of the military of course, is to defend the country and there are other agencies of government that are responsible for manning the various border openings.
“An option perhaps is the surveillance in the air and other things are being considered.”
The Naval Chief said that he met the President to reappraise on the actions taken after the last meeting concerning the growing cases of armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminal activities that have been threading the security of the nation.
“The briefings were to the effect that we had better responses from the military and security agencies in those areas that we have earlier mentioned. This is particularly so because of the improved synergy amongst the various agencies that are providing information and intelligence.
“I think on the whole, Mr. President was happy with the security situation, the efforts that the armed forces and the security agencies are carrying out to tackle the security challenges.