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Army: Senate wants Army chief to relocate to Boko Haram enclave

Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian Senate committee on Defence on Wednesday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, to relocate his office to the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army headquarters in Maiduguri in order to tackle rising activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Last month, the Nigerian House of Representatives made a similar request, following attacks on border communities in Maiduguri, the state capital of the north East Borno State.

At a meeting here between the committee members and Gen. Minimah, the committee declared that the order became necessary following Tuesday’s massacre of 43 students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in Yobe State.

The committee stated that it was alarmed by the apparent upsurge in the activities of the insurgents.

In his statement, the Senate Majority Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, said the insurgents have crossed the border of decency by killing over 43 students in Yobe State.

Ndoma-Egba, who personally signed the statement, noted that the killings showed that the sect planned to plunge the country into a 'bleak and blank future'.

'It is obvious that we are now dealing with a bunch of animals to whom human life is now totally meaningless and worthless because when you attack students, you are attacking the foundation of the country's future.

'So, there is the need for us to modify our security strategy to include hot pursuit. This is permissible in international law if your neighbour is not taking concrete steps to halt these insurgents as it's now clear that they hit us from outside the country and go back there to hide.'

Responding, Gen. Minimah told the committee that the Army requires more funds to execute its operations in the country.

Pana 27/02/2014