Insecurity: Soldiers deployed in 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states – Report


Nigerian military personnel can be found on active deployment in no fewer than 30 states of the federation, tackling internal security threats that ordinarily should have been left to the police and paramilitary agencies to contain, a report said Wednesday.

SBM Intelligence, a strategic intelligence analysis firm, said the situation had taken an appalling toll on the overall capacity of the military, and explained the frequent clashes between soldiers and civilians.

The report also says that Nigeria has one of the lowest military-to-civilian ratio of nine personnel to every 10,000 people, a situation it said was alarming for the country’s security framework.

“The military involvement in security of almost every state in the country speaks to the sorry state of our policing and a failure of intelligence services,” the report said. “Police reforms are overdue and the APC government must now make good its promise to devolve policing to the local level.”

According to the report, Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Edo, Imo, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Osun, Oyo represented states “in which the military has been deployed to deal with organised crime”.

Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and Zamfara represented states “in which the military has been deployed against a non-state actor which actively takes Nigerian lives or destroys government and private property”.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe were said to be the states “in which the military deployed and in an ongoing battle to reclaim Nigerian territory or pacify reclaimed territory”.

Military personnel have not been deployed to Ebonyi, FCT, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto in a security capacity within the last six months.

The report urged the government to make more use of intelligence than force in dealing with crises.

“Intelligence needs to be more surgical in its execution so that the security issues that require force to correct are rather prevented or arrested before they escalate,” it said.


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  • Es3

    APC trumpeted this line throughout their propaganda run before the 2015 presidential election as follows:

    ‘The main purpose of any government is to ensure the safety of lives and property as such, any government that is unable to provide these (in addition to others), should resign from office in admittance utter failure’!

    – Now, what has Buhari/APC got to say??? Before them, Boko Haram was pushed back so much that over 70% of registered voters in Bornu and Yobe states voted in 2015 elections?!
    – Fulani herdsmen killing unarmed Nigerians in droves and all over the middle belt and southern parts of the country (as currently happening now) was unheard of?!
    – Militancy in Niger Delta was forgotten as having been a problem at a certain time in the history of Nigeria?!
    – Militancy was limited to Niger Delta, not extended to Lagos and Ogun States?!
    – Pipelines vandals fighting back with vengeance (which Buhari/APC prefer to call militants) were not killing eight (8) community leaders in one single night?!
    – Agitation for Biafra was not heavy and ‘in death or life’ kind of determination as it is today?!
    – Christians were not being hacked to death for preaching in Nigeria’s capital, neither were they killed at their shops for complaining in Kaduna or almost killed but blinded for eating food during a fast he is not part of?!
    – Cries of marginalization and calls for restructuring was not even a monthly affair, as against the multiples per day of today?!
    – Kidnapping did not end, but was not as brazen as it is today?!
    – Nigerians were not hiring babies to beg on the roads and street for food while pots of foods were not being snatched from fire (while cooking) as currently ongoing?!
    – Food security: Nigerians were not dying of hunger in their numbers as it obtains today?!
    – Etc, etc…For sake of time, I will end it here…for now!!!

    So Nigerians, now that the very words of APC is applying live to their government of Buhari/APC, what are they still doing in office in the face of their own failures?????!

  • thusspokez

    Nigerian military personnel can be found on active deployment in no fewer than 30 states of the federation

    Is the military positioning itself for a potential military coup? The deployment is totally unnecessary. The army should either go and fight boko haram or be in their barracks.

  • thusspokez

    The report also says that Nigeria has one of the lowest military-to-civilian ratio of nine personnel to every 10,000 people, a situation it said was alarming for the country’s security framework.

    The army is not a police force, so why should their number be a cause for alarm? The army’s role is to protect the country from external hostilities or attacks — not to police Nigerians.

  • tunde

    Why does the army have to replace the police in domestic security of the nation?Is there sinister ulterior motive behind replacement?Are all paramilitary forces incompetent to handle the job they were trained for?This is 21st century nigeria.Wake up folks!Soldiers don’t live among civilian population.The stakeholders must reorder priorities and go back to drawing board.Send khaki boys back to their barracks to defend nigeria against external aggression.It was bad decision made by those at the helmof government at the inception of boko haram uprising that got the military in current mess and should not be repeated.

  • Dejandon

    The military has to be deployed because of the dismal number of our police force. Former military rulers intentionally crippled the police to the extent that they are not in a position to effectively carry out Internal security. They saw police force as potential counterbalance to their coup planning and events in Turkey showed how the coupist went after the police big time, even with combat jets and helicopters.

    Unfortunately too, recruiting and training new set of police has not been forthcoming in the numbers we need. And I doubt the economy can even sustain any aggressive recruitment to correct the imbalance. OBJ did some recruitment, not sure Yaradua or GEJ carried out any and only now is PMB gunning for additional 10,000 extra.

  • Iskacountryman

    soldiers are found in all states of the federation…

  • St

    As much as this SBM are good with their analysis, this analysis failed to explain the fact that police personals are low in numbers, morals, quality and it goes on… But recruitments are ongoing and before other paramilitary forces takes over those areas, they have to be trained and equipped which will sure take some time( months/years) then withdrawal will be implemented and soldiers returns as reserves. So it’s a process, which we are hopeful it will be continuous for now and it will be much cheaper if we have most of the cost of these training and equipments all done locally, including the reality that the population of Nigeria is largest in Africa but the destination is very much possible with focus and consistency.