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Intelligence Gathering Vital In Mitigating Cross Border Crimes- NSA

todayDecember 18, 2023 61

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By Remi Johnson

Experts in the security sector have identified effective intelligence gathering among security agencies as a vital tool in mitigating Cross – Border crimes towards creating a safe space for citizens.

The National Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Center, Office Of The National Security Adviser, NSA, Rear admiral Yaminu Ehinomen Momoh Musa, made this known in Abuja.

He expressed concern about activities of terrorists in Nigeria, and the need for security agencies to step up their game to prevent terrorists group attacks on innocent citizens, emanating from porous borders among others.

Musa who was speaking during the 2023 Annual General Meeting and Award Night, organised by the Abuja chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International, in Abuja, noted that FCT as the seat of Government, has also had its own share of insecurity such as one- chance and kidnappings.

In his keynote address on the topic: Reflecting on 2023: A retrospective view of evolving threats landscape in Nigeria,
Musa identified activities of criminal Gangs in Abuja, as the most prevailing security threat to lives and property in the Territory.

According to him, the outer suburbs of FCT are prone to varying degrees of crimes with” kidnappings and One Chance” as the most prevalent, a development that could cause poverty for victims and its multiplier effects of emotional and psychological trauma.

“One Chance is a slang for a situation were armed robbers pretending to be commercial cab drivers or fellow passengers pick other unsuspecting passengers, rob them of all their valuables and most times push them violently out of the moving vehicle”.

“One Chance, sometimes involving dangerous weapons such as knives and firearms, have been on the increase in recent months and has spread from the outer suburbs to more central and metropolitan areas of the Capital City. Additionally, the City has also experienced cases of kidnap for ransom and risk of terrorism like the Kuje Prison break in July 2022”,Musa said.

Speaking on government’s efforts in tackling insecurity in Nigeria, Rear admiral Musa explained that the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies have sustained offensive actions against criminal groups, as over 90 thousand suspected terrorists have surrendered.

He however called for strong implementation of institutional laws for the country to address human rights violations towards promoting law and order, even as he stressed that security is everybody’s business that must be taken seriously.

“The Federal and State Governments have continued to display the political will to combat the threats posed by criminal groups across Nigeria.
However, with the realization that military approach alone will not defeat the various forms of violent extremist groups, Government has reviewed its approach and since 2015, its policy and strategic frameworks have been shaped by a whole of government and whole of society approaches while combining hard and soft powers, that is kinetic and non-kinetic”.

Ealier in his opening remarks, Chairman of the Abuja chapter of ASIS, Edward Orim who corroborated that criminal activities could be halted through collective participation of strategic stakeholders, said the group would continue with its relationship with FCT Administration in developing policies that will strengthen the security architecture.

On his part, Secretary, FCT Security Command and Control Centre, Dr. Peter Olumuji, who is one of the awardees, pledged the commitment of FCT Administration to do more in carrying out enforcement against illegal activities to make FCT safer for residents.

Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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