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The Nigerian Army has said that the $1billion fund requested from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to boost the counter-terrorism operations in the North East is ‘grossly inadequate.’

Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Rogers Nicholas, said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists on the activities of the troops.

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Nicholas also said that there are some members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect who are willing to surrender but are scared.

“The Super Tucano aircraft that the Federal Government is trying to buy for the military from the United States of America (USA), one of those aircraft costs about $14 million.

“An Apache helicopter costs between $20 million to $65 million. So talking about a million dollar to the military in the North East to me is grossly inadequate,” he said.

“There are quite a large number of them who want to surrender. We are in contact with some of them but they are scared,” he added.