The Nigerian army have been charged by the senate to establish a military command base in Garkida and all major settlements bordering the Sambisa forest. The directive was issued to the Chief Of Army staff by the upper chamber.
The senate also called on the North East Development Commission to rebuild destroyed properties in the region especially places of worship. The region has witnessed a spike in violence with Borno and Adamawa bearing the brunt of a resurgent armed group.
The country’s service chiefs have faced increasing calls to be fired and the president on a recent trip to Maiduguri was booed.
The charge to the military to establish a base followed the adoption of the prayers sought by Senator Aishatu Ahmed, the member representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District.
Ahmed had reminded her colleagues that on the 21st February 2020, an insurgent group attacked the people of Garkida, a peaceful town in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa Central Senatorial District.
The senator went on to list the damage and destruction that the community faced during the siege. She said public hospitals, schools, telecommunication facilities, police stations, buses, cars, food stores, private properties belonging to the people of Garkida, were either burnt or vandalised.