Terrorists often hide in the border communities between Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Borno State Government has appealed to the Nigerian Army to set up a military base along Nigeria/Cameroon border in Gamboru-Ngala to fight incessant attacks on innocent citizens by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
The Borno Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, made the appeal when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Azubike Iheajirika, in his office on Wednesday, in Maiduguri.
Mr. Mustapha said that the proposed establishment of a military base would provide security protection to Nigerian citizens residing along the border areas against incessant attacks by the suspected insurgents.
He said that though the military had been able to restore peace in most parts of the state, the activities of some citizens of neighbouring countries had been discouraging.
Mr. Mustapha also called on the military to introduce air patrol along the country’s borders to check activities of insurgents and other criminals.
“Borno has been peaceful over the years even with the return of democratic rule in 1999, but unfortunately, we were subjected to all kinds of criminality with the coming of the Boko Haram insurgents.
“We thank God that with the cooperation of the people, the military has been able to chase them out.
“Our problem now is the harbouring of these criminals by some of our neighbours, which makes it easy for them to shift base when the heat is on them,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Iheajirika, a Lieutenant General, told Mr. Mustapha that he was in the state on a routine visit to the newly established 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, and to examine the challenges facing its operations in the state.
The army chief commended the state government for its assistance to security agencies serving in the state.