Former Director, State Security Services (SSS) Sam Ejiofor, has attributed the spate of bombings in the country to the failure of security agencies.
He suggested an overhaul of all security apparatuses.
His position is contained in a paper entitled “Utilisation of Intelligence in the Fight against Terrorism”, which he delivered at a one-day conference with the theme: Combating Terrorism in Nigeria, organized by the Association of Industrial Security & Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON).
Ejiofor, a lawyer, hinged his suggestion on the possibility that the recent bomb explosion at the Police Headqueaters could not have been coincidental. He said it was possible that the extremists might have either infiltrated the security agencies or have some security officers who sympathise with their cause.
He regretted that instead of inter-service co-operation among security agencies, they were engrossed in rivalry to the detriment of the nation. Ejiofor said his call for the overhaul of the services was imperative because the government has failed in its duty of protecting the citizens’ lives and property.
“All over the world, the war on terrorism is intelligence driven. The world is gradually moving from armament to intelligence-led methodology. So, where such intelligence on the part of security agencies is lacking, it is certain that there would be operational failure” Ejiofor said.
Consul-General of the United States Embassy in Nigeria, Joseph Strafford, described terrorism as a destructive transnational phenomenon which should be addressed through inter-agency cooperation and effective co-ordination of the nation’s intelligence agencies.
Strafford said constant collection, sharing and analysis of intelligence and an effective judicial system are vital for control of terrorism.
Strafford, who decried the spate of terrorism in the country, noted that Nigeria remained a strong ally to the United States I “post blast investigations and training of counter-terrorism experts”, said that the judicial system should also be empowered to fight terrorism, even as the civilian population are sensitized on their role.
Former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, who chaired the occasion, called for an inter-agency data base under the office of the National Intelligence Agency or Office of the National Security Adviser for the gathering, analyzing and utilization for addressing the nation’s myriads of security problems.
He said the recent security lapses and bombing in the country has been very embarrassing pointing that ring, analyzing and utilization for addressing the nation’s myriads of security problems.
He said the recent security lapses and bombing in the country has been very embarrassing pointing that security agencies must rise to the call of their duties, especially by ensuring effective co-ordination of the nation’s security and intelligence agencies for protection of the country.