Start Acting On Intelligence Reports From Security Agencies – Falana Tells FG

<strong>Start Acting On Intelligence Reports From Security Agencies – Falana Tells FG</strong>

Deborah Musa

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has told the federal government to promptly start working on intelligence reports compiled by security agencies.

The senior lawyer’s appeal followed Sunday’s attack by gunmen on St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, where many worshippers were killed during Mass.

Reacting in a statement yesterday, Falana, who commiserated with the government and people of Ondo State over the massacre, said “our hearts go to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the dastardly attack”, he said.

He, however, said government must go beyond issuing threats and alerting citizens of imminent attacks.

He recalled that the Department of State Services, DSS, had on March 20 issued a statement claiming that it had discovered plans to cause violence in parts of the country, particularly in the North-Central.

“Exactly nine days later, a group of terrorists attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train, killed over a dozen passengers and injured several others.

“Once again, on April 26, DSS alerted Nigerians on alleged plans by some dangerous elements to launch bomb attacks on critical infrastructure and public places like worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the festive celebrations.

“As predicted, a group of unmasked armed terrorists stormed St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State where they detonated explosives and then gunned down worshippers during service on Sunday, June 5.

“After the terrorist attack, the Ondo police command was reported to have deployed officers of the explosive ordinance disposal unit,  better known as anti-bomb squad to Owo Local Government Area.

“As expected, the federal government has condemned the reckless attack on the worshippers and threatened to bring the criminal elements to justice.

“However, government at all levels must go beyond issuing threats. It is common knowledge that every country involved in the prosecution of war on terror is required to train security personnel and acquire adequate security gadgets to protect the people.

“Therefore, the federal government should ensure that airports, trains, buses, courts, schools, malls, churches, mosques, banks and other public places are provided with screening machines and CCTV cameras.

“As a matter of urgency, the federal government and various state governments should promptly act on intelligence reports compiled by the DSS and other security agencies.

“We urge the security forces to continue to frustrate the nefarious agenda of terrorists.  We also call on citizens to be security-conscious and report suspicious security threats to law enforcement agencies”, Falana noted.

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