In an effort to restore civil authority on the shores of the Lake Chad, Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum has ordered the procurement of nine armored personnel carriers for the Nigerian police.
Inspecting the first batch of three Armoured Carriers in Maiduguri, Governor Zulum said the remaining six were expected to arrive the state capital at a later date.
The governor inspected the vehicles in company of Borno state commissioner of police, Abdu Umar.
According to Professor Zulum, the State Government procured 9 of the armored vehicles while the Inspector General of Police approved the installation of arms and ammunition on them, since the state government has no constitutional powers to acquire such arms.
The governor expressed hope that the vehicles would enhance the operations of a special police unit towards restoring civil authority in Malam-Fatori in order to compliment the effort of the Nigerian military.
Only last month, Governor Zulum led residents and government officials to embark on the clearance of the town to pave way for the reconstruction of public facilities and private homes towards safe and voluntary resettlement of residents. The facilities were designed to assist residents who fled to neighbouring Niger republic to escape insurgent attacks.
Malam-Fatori, which came under Boko Haram control in 2014, is the headquarters of Abadam local government area in northern Borno and has a number of communities sharing boarders with Niger Republic.
Professor Zulum had in the last two years distributed about 1,000 surveillance vehicles to the military, other security agencies and volunteers as part of ongoing peace-building efforts.
Reporting by Dauda Iliya