by Oke Efagene
Minister of Information and Supervising Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku, has said yesterday, that the Federal Government is working to secure the support of Cameroon in order to stop the infiltration of insurgents into the country through the borders.
This move according to Maku, is to prevent insurgents from entering the isolated North-East region of Nigeria via the Cameroon border to carry out their occasional attacks.
The minister, in a statement said that the cooperation of Nigeria’s neighbouring country would help the fight against insurgency.
According to Leadership report:
“The recent attacks on Bama as we know came from across the border of Cameroon. We are working hard to reach out to the Cameroonian government and other international agencies to ensure that we continue to put pressure on the insurgency from both sides of the boundary so that in the end, by the grace of God, we would witness greater successes against the insurgency in 2014.
“What is clear is that in the year 2013, tremendous success was made and most of the insurgents that infiltrated into other states from the North East when the pressure went there were picked up. Some were picked up as far away as Lagos and Ogun and a number of them are in detention and trial is going on gradually,” he said.
Maku stressed that stamping out insurgency remained the topmost priority of the federal government as it succeeded in containing terrorism in some parts of the country in the last one year.
Giving the scorecard of the federal government in 2013 in a phone-in programme on Radio Nigeria, Maku noted that the massive deployment of men and material through the establishment of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri had stemmed the tide of attacks by insurgents in the North East.