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Tambuwal meets Buhari, seeks declaration of State of Emergency in parts of Sokoto

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The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a full scale state of emergency in all areas where bandits operates in the state.

Mr Tambuwal, who met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa Monday evening for about thirty minutes, said the declaration would enable the Armed Forces to carry out their operations without let or hindrance in all enclaves affected by the declaration.

He said the operations should be carried out simultaneously in the states where the terrorists have strongholds and hideouts, such as Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger and Kebbi; as well as elsewhere.

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Mr Tambuwal also called on the President to give premium to the deployment of more manpower to all beleaguered areas just as he advocated for the procurement of sophisticated equipment, particularly, modern technology — which use is now centered around the deployment of drones globally.

He also appealed to the president to consider popular opinions, suggesting the recall of retired personnel for engagement in the war against terrorists and the recruitment of more personnel in all the security services.

In view of the security situation in the Sahel, which has escalated tension in the sub-region, the need to ask the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to seek extensive cooperation with the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America on security issues was also suggested by the governor.

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In his response, Mr Buhari assured the governor of the commitment and support of the federal government towards the full restoration of peace and security in his state and other places.

“We will not rest until this is achieved”, the President has said.
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