Insecurity: Military blames Judiciary, Others

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The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Christopher Musa, has picked on the judiciary in the vain endeavour to rid Nigeria of insecurity and terrorism.

Musa when he appeared on Tuesday before the House of Representatives alongside other security chiefs said the Judiciary is complicit in the failure to shake off insurgency, saying, “There were a lot of Boko Haram elements that were captured and kept. We have kept them for five or six years.

“We can only provide protection for them. Some of them have been found wanting but no prosecution. Keeping them for this lengthy period, everybody is accusing the armed forces of keeping them against their human rights but we cannot prosecute. That is one aspect.

“Another aspect of the judiciary is this: you do all your efforts, you make an arrest, you hand over, but before you enter your vehicle, the man has been released. Now you have risked yourself in doing that. By the time he is released, he goes to tell the people who you are or family members and you are at risk. So, it gets to a stage where the security forces are not even willing to do anything because when they make an arrest, the person is released.”

He also laid the problem on the destitute of the country to make military hardware saying the recourse to importation has been a financial burden.

His word, “We don’t produce what we need in Nigeria and if you do not produce what you need, that means you are at the beck and call of the people that produce these items. All the items we procured, were bought with hard currency, none in naira. Most times when funds are released, by the time you turn these funds into dollars, they can only get us very little.

“For example, during the last regime, about $1bn was set aside for defense procurements. Out of that amount, over $600m was for the procurement of the aircraft. So the whole money had gone.

“For any ammunition we buy, we buy it in dollars and we spend in millions. So many times when people see that funds are being released to the armed forces, they think it is so much but by the time you convert them to dollars, you do not get so much.

“One precision missile for our drone costs $5,000 ; so imagine how many we would be able to use and how many we can procure. Those are the challenges.”

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