You’re engaging Terrorists’ informants as Security Guards, water hawkers – Rtd General warns

You’re engaging Terrorists’ informants as Security Guards, water hawkers – Rtd General warns

Brig-Gen Jon Temlong (rtd), a former commander of the Multi-national Joint Task Force, has called for the Nigerian government to invest more in security, claiming that terrorists are also investing heavily in equipment.

MNJTF is made up of mostly military forces from Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

Temlong said terrorists engaged security men guarding houses and water hawkers as informants to carry out their nefarious activities.

The retired military officer disclosed this while reacting to the spate of attacks by terrorists across the country on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily.

He was disappointed when Nigerians complained about too much money being budgeted for security, claiming that terrorists were investing heavily in weapons.

Using the example of the US assassination of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, he stated that Nigeria should invest more in weapon procurement.

He also stated that the country needed to invest in technology, claiming that the government could use drones to monitor terrorist movements and act accordingly.

He said, “In the last quarter of 2021, about N61 billion worth of motorcycles were imported into Nigeria. Who are those using those bikes?

“If we track some of these things, we should know that there is a higher demand for motorcycles and Nigerians are crying that they don’t have money.

“These are some of the security indicators for us to know that these people are not relenting, they are buying more weapons.

“Why are they asking for so much money as ransom? They are using that money to buy weapons. So, if we want to survive as a nation, we have to close our eyes and use more money to buy weapons.”

He urged Nigerians to help secure the country.

“The mai guards that people have in their houses, those who carry water to their houses called mai ruwa are their informants. They buy motorcycles and employ people to drive them around. So, they [terrorists] are all over within us.

“What we want now is an all-society approach. Nigerians are leaving the job of security for only security agencies to deal with.

“These people are within us, they buy their food from us, they buy their motorcycles from us, they buy fuel for the motorcycles and vehicles from us, we even repair their vehicles for them,” the security expert said.

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s latest directive, the retired military officer expressed confidence that security forces across the country would step up attacks on terrorists.

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