The Federal Government has said that it will continue to commit the needed resources to back proactive measures in tackling threats to security in the country.
Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku made this known on Thursday in Abuja while addressing a World Press Conference, stressed government’s effort to ensuring the preservation of lives and property in the nation and lasting peace.
Maku noted that the State of Emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States in May is yielding results. “Peace is gradually being restored in those areas”, the Information Minister, said.
He also informed that a whole new Division of the Nigerian Army has now been established for the North East as part of strategies to secure lives and property in that region of the country. “The Division will now take charge of security in the entire North-East Zone. We also have a joint multinational force with our neighboring countries”, Maku informed.
He however, emphasized that the security agencies could not fight insecurity without citizens’ cooperation. “It is in the interest of the people to report any suspicious individual in their neighboring communities. It is the responsibility of citizens and members of communities to ask questions about new residents and visitors to their neighborhoods. “The Immigration Services and the Police should be notified of new faces where they reside. For instance, you can’t cross the border in Cameron or Benin Republic and not be monitored”, Maku pointed out.
He commended the people of the North for the cooperation they have been giving the security forces in combating acts of terror.