Expert Recommends Upgrade In Nigeria’s Market Security System
A Security Consultant, Captain Umar Aliyu (Rtd), has called for an upgrade in the security system of markets in Nigeria.
Speaking on Sunrise Daily on Thursday, Mr Aliyu expressed worry over the current situation in which markets in the northeast have become easy targets for suicide bombers.
“There will be incidents like that, depending on what you know and what you have done about what you know.
“If you juxtapose the positions and took the side of a suicide bomber, I have been able to see across these major incidents of Kano Central Mosque, Kano Motor Park, the last one and all of the major ones. I have been able to see that they actually exploit loop holes that we look at as trivial,” Aliyu said.
He also decried the rate at which the Boko Haram insurgents use girls and women to carry out the nefarious acts, calling for measures to curtail such incidents.
“The frequency with which girls are being used now is such that at any security post, a young woman, a female in hijab should start blinking red. I hear people say they came in SUV, they were four or six, they dropped two; that shows you that something happened and people took note up till the time they came.
“They even know the car that bought them, who dropped them, but then, how would we not have done something that should have informed of if they were carrying something or not?” Aliyu questioned.
Criticizing the poor state of market security in the country, he said, “Basically, we are looking at a situation where the markets have to actually need to upgrade.
“We run our market pretty much how it was run probably when my grandmother was a trader, nothing has changed but do not forget that the crime trends have upgraded,” he said.
He called for security measures that would be driven by traders in the markets, adding that law enforcement agencies would be regulators.
The security expert’s statement came after a suicide bombing killed 11 in Kano and another blast in Yola killed 34, while 80 others were left injured.
President Muhammadu Buhari subsequently stressed the need for increased vigilance among the civilian population to help ward off suicide terror attacks on soft targets around Nigeria.