The Senate Committee on Air Force has said that nothing stops the Nigerian police from getting sophisticated equipment the Air Force, Navy and Army are getting.
Speaking while presenting the report of the Air Force committee to the appropriation committee, the Chairman, Sen Bala Ibn Na’Allah, added that there’s nothing that prevents the Nigerian police from getting some of these sophisticated vehicles to surveillance on roads.
The lawmaker called on the Nigerian government to empower the Nigerian Police to tackle the security challenges in the country.
He said: “There is nothing that prevents the Nigerian police from getting some of these sophisticated vehicles and to be doing surveillance on those roads.
“It is not nice that only when it happens that they rush there and then the kidnappers are gone. If there is a coordinated effort that the police will report that there is an incidence in this location, and then an aircraft can continue to hover around those people because they cannot be faster than an aircraft, then while it is hovering, the police should be able to have an idea of where those bandits or kidnappers are and then some helicopter intervention can help. Na’Allah said while speaking to journalists.
“We want a secured nation. We will continue to pray that the security agents will do more to ensure this agitations and expectations by Nigerians are made,” Na’Allah said while speaking to journalists.
On the return of bandits to the Kaduna-Abuja high way, despite the procurement of Super Tucano fighter jets, Na’Allah said Nigerians shouldn’t have been hearing the rise of terrorism on that route.
“It is an operational issue, it is one thing to have the equipment and it is another thing to use the equipment for the purpose of facing the challenges that we have.
“Kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria has defied this intervention for a number of reasons. One, it is not that you have an enemy on the other side you are fighting that you can say you can take the fight to his place and finish him. These are things that come intermittently from somewhere.
“The nature and character of a crime to a larger extent will determine the control strategy. I’m of the opinion that this has to do more by empowering the police who are on ground to ensure that these areas are effectively secured,” Na’Allah added.