Terrorism: Imperative Of Greater Synergy Among Security Agencies

<strong>Terrorism: Imperative Of Greater Synergy Among Security Agencies</strong>

Before terrorism landed on the door steps of Nigeria, the menace was already a global malaise. Interestingly, the country availed the international community far reaching support with a view to tackling the issue in all its ramifications.

Therefore, now that the menace has become a thing of recurring decimal in the country with both the low and mighty having a bite of terror across the length and breadth of the nation, what is required is total solution to defeat those that have become sworn enemies of humanity.

In recent times, the Nigerian media have been  awash with gory tales of man’s inhumanity to man as marauding terrorists kill, kidnap defenceless members of the public with reckless abandon in a manner that will make the country’s founding fathers weep uncontrollable if they were to be alive in today.

Sadly, the level of gross insecurity in Nigeria, a country hitherto famed for intervening in international peacekeeping missions in Africa and other parts of the globe now have her hands filled with daily incidents of violent crimes perpetrated by people who will stop at nothing to kidnap for ransom or kill for unexplained reason.

While ordeal of the Abuja-Kaduna bound train attack victims who were taken hostage by terrorists since March 28, 2022 keep making the heart of many bleed, fresh attacks across the nation creates a state of hopelessness in the minds of the people.

It is sad to note that the attack on the Presidential Guard in Bwari came less than one month after the invasion of Kuje Prison which led to the escape of about 500 detainees including 64 Boko Haram terrorists as confirmed by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, retd, who was on the spot assessment  after the appalling attack.

Reacting to the prison attack, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Honourable Ahmed Idris Wase, to the consternation of the Nigerians said that the Department of State Services, DSS, shared 44 intelligence reports before the July 5, 2022 attack on the correctional facility in Kuje. 

Wase by virtue of his position is one of the public officers whose statement should be taken with all seriousness.

In this vein, AljazirahNigeria feels duty bound to unequivocally call on Nigeria’s security apparatus to work in greater synergy with a view to defeating the spiraling insecurity in the country.

Besides, our sense of obligation to make the call is even more strengthened by the fact that the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria ,As Amended, in Section 33 (1) clearly states that every person has a right to life and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.

As a reminder, Section 14 (2b) clearly states that the welfare and security of the citizens shall be the primary purpose of the government.

AljazirahNigeria shares in the pains of families that have lost loved ones in the horrific cascading of terrorism in the nooks and crannies of our dear nation.

Above all, the Federal Government must make adequate funding available to Nigeria’s security agencies to enable them overcome any encumbrances that may be hindering their operations to secure the country effectively.

However, while we commend the Federal Government for undertaking far-reaching measures towards countering terrorism at the national level including the signing of several regional Counter-Terrorism treaties, ratified several Conventions and signed a number bilateral, as well as multilateral agreements to address the complex and mutating nature of terrorism it must walk the talk of giving Nigerians a new lease of life by bringing an end to the prevailing circle of violence in the country.

To achieve the aforementioned we restate that greater synergy among security agencies can make the difference.

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