Expert urges bank CSOs to combat security threats

The AISSON president and Chairman of Trans-World Security systems Ltd, Dr Ona Ekhomu, has charged Chief Security Officers, CSO of banks to seek ways of addressing security threats that could have severe negative impact on banking operations, bank workers, customer and members of the public.

He gave the charge while delivering a paper titled ” The Future of Security Management” at the 12th Annual Security Retreat for CSOs of Banks in Nigeria, organized by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

These security threats according to him were likely to grow in frequency  and be aggravated by factors such as decline in public policing, increase on stranger violent crimes, as well as increase in terrorism, insurgency and militancy.

Ekhomu, who is the first chartered security professional in West Africa, also decried the increase in terrorist attacks, militancy, kidnapping and assassination, saying bank robbers now use dynamite hand grenades and even rocket-propelled grenades (RIPGS) during operations.

Aside the use of explosives ordnance, bank robberies according to him result in high fatality citing the recent Offa, Kwara State bank robberies in which over ten persons lost their lives as an instance.

He therefore urges bank CSOs to design an integrated suite of creative solutions based on digital backbone to address what he described as the complex asymmetric threats facing bankers and banking in Nigeria.

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Source: The Vanguard Newspaper(Page 19)

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