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Boko Haram: Nigerian Senate calls for military base in Sambisa

- The Nigerian Senate wants a military base to be built in Sambisa borders as a way to fight insurgency

- The Senate took the decision while deliberating on a recent attack by Boko Haram in Adamawa state

- President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said the Senate would not rest until the security challenges in the country were surmounted

The Nigerian Senate is seeking the re-establishment of a military base at the Sambisa forest borders as part of its suggestions to end insurgency in the northeast.

The Senate took the decision while a motion moved by Senator Aishatu Ahmed who represents Adamawa Central senatorial district in the red chambers was being debated.

The resolution was then unanimously adopted following the debate on last weekend’s Boko Haram attack on Garkida a town in Adamawa state.

Boko Haram: Nigerian Senate seeks military base in Sambisa borders

Satellite images of Sambisa during an air attack by the Nigerian Air Force. Photo: NAF
Source: UGC

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Churches, public institutions and houses were razed while some people were killed, including three soldiers, by the insurgents during the attack.

Speaking on the Senate's decision, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said the Senate would not rest until the security challenges in the country were surmounted.

He said that the Senate ad hoc committee on security architecture would next week submit its report for deliberations.

“We are not going to rest on our oars until we are able to provide solutions to the insecurity in the country.

“This is the essence of our being in government and of course, it would require that we work with the House of Representatives, the Executive as well as citizens.

“I believe that citizens need to be taken into confidence in the fight against insecurity,” Lawan said.

Meanwhile, about 18 participants have graduated from a four weeks training organised by the Defence Space Administration (DSA) Abuja which focused on image and terrain analysis as well as defence mapping.

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Director of earth observation in the DSA, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Chukwu stated that troops at the front-line fighting insurgency need intelligence to succeed.

His words: “The DSA is established to support them with geospatial intelligence for them to know how the enemies manoeuvre through satellite imagery and so on and so forth.

“This course is meant to build the capacity of our boys in doing that. We have facilities. With this training, they will be able to produce the imagery and all the geospatial intelligence required for those at the war front to prosecute the insurgency.”

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