How Insecurity Forced Nigeria Into Militarised Democracy
Nigeria News take a look at the deployment of troops to trouble areas across the country in the Federal Government’s effort to provide security.
The security of the country is being threatened every day by the rising number of agitators from the north to south to the east and to the west.
The Niger Delta Militants, the EGBESU, MASSOB, IPOB, OPC, are the major self-determination and ethnic militia that have been threatening the unity and peace of Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999.
Their activities would only draw out the soldiers from the barracks to assist the police with intelligence and military expertise. However the insurgence of Boko Haram terrorists has kept the army almost permanently out of barracks.
Twice the operational base of the Nigerian Army has been moved to Borno, northeastern part of the country to stem the activities of the terrorist group. With the code name, Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian troops provide the proficiency to fighting the Jihadists in the region.
The army pushed Boko Haram out of their hidden place in Sambisa Forest after the insurgents had killed many innocent civilians, including policemen in the vast land of northeast.
Since he assumed office on May 29, 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari, without any doubt had scored high in the fight against terrorism. He had maximized his military capacity and background to keep Boko Haram far from the city. The bomb attack was reduced.
However, the insurgents resorted to suicide bombing as many of its members sneaked back into the town to wreak havoc.
While police were busy fighting armed robbery and many other criminal activities mostly in the southwest, kidnap for ransom sprang up massively in the southeast and south-south. The country became unattractive for investors.
Cultism became fashionable both on the streets and campuses of the country’s tertiary educational institutions. Almost every week, police report showed at least a bloody clash between rival cults both on the streets of Lagos, Ibadan and Port Harcourt.
Kidnappers spread their tentacles across the nation, including schools where they abducted pupils for ransom. Recently a group of ritual cultists, Badoo emerged in Lagos. The ritualists moved in like whirlwind to Ikorodu area of the state, killing residents at will.
From the Niger Delta creek, the militants moved down to the Southwest where they created new base to abduct innocent people. They established hideouts in Arepo, Ogun State to operate illegal oil bunkering and used the opening to kidnap people for ransom.
It was clear with the records of kidnapping across the country within two years of Buhari that the police were overwhelmed. They lack enough human resources and weapons to combat the growing rate of crimes across the country, which of course led to the formation of joint task force, comprising of the military, policemen and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps.
As at today, apart from the joint task force, the Nigerian Army has deployed no fewer than four different troops to combat crime and terrorism across the country.
It began with the Operation Lafiya Dole to stop the Boko Haram in the Northeast; Operation Harbin Kunama II covering the North-West and parts of the North-Central; Operation Python Dance I to stop the spate of armed robbery and kidnapping in the southeast.
It was observed that many businessmen from Igbo extraction were being attacked during the ember months while travelling back home for Christmas and New Year festivities.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman said that the force had to deploy Operation Python Dance II, following the good result it got from Operation Python Dance 1 to stop the activities of self-determination group, IPOB.
At present the army said that it would be deploying Operation Crocodile Smile II in south-south and part of southwest to combat the kidnapping, cultism and of course all acts of terrorism.