The Yobe State Government has spent over N6 billion on logistics to support the Army and other security agencies in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the last 27 months.
The gesture was aimed at protecting people’s lives and property against terrorism, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said. Gaidam stated this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, in Damaturu, the state capital.
The governor said that since the insurgents’ deadly onslaught of November 4, 2011 on Damaturu, the increasing security cost had eroded the state’s meagre resources from monthly Federation Accounts allocations.
The statement reads: “Yobe State does not have control over the Army and the intelligent services, but we work together to provide them with whatever logistic support they need. Till date, we continue to spend a lot of money to ensure we provide that kind of support in terms of operational equipment like Hilux vans and other military gears.”
Gaidam, however, urged the Federal Government to increase its troops to Yobe and other states ravaged by terrorism. He said: “Our request for more troops to this state was necessitated because of the increasing rates of violence in the three affected states of the North-East.”
by INUSA NDAHI