Military Reiterates Need For Intelligence Gathering Strategy Review

intelligence gathering-Nigerian Armed ForcesThe Nigerian Armed Forces have emphasised the need to review intelligence gathering strategy to make it practical.

The Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General Sarduna John-Davies, made the disclosure on Monday during a one-week training for Deputy Defence Attaches in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He explained that the growing sophistication of the society, coupled with increasing violence and attendant losses of lives and property requires a continuous appraisal of operational tactics.

General John-Davies called for better intelligence gathering mechanisms to appropriately deal with marching security environments.

He hinted that the defence intelligence agency was designing a new template for intelligence gathering.

The Army officer added that the agency had reviewed the kind of briefing given to defence attache, all of which was in a bid to ensure that information gathering is reduced to usable intelligence.

France Pledges Support For Nigeria To Combat Terrorism

France Pledges Support For Nigeria To Combat TerrorismThe French government has pledged to work with the Federal Government of Nigeria towards combating the menace of terrorism.

The Director, Military Intelligence of the Republic of France, General Christophe Gomert, declared his country’s unwavering support to Nigeria on Wednesday at a meeting with Nigerian government officials in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.

General Gomert said the fight against global terrorism could be won through effective collaboration between the two countries.

The Chief of Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan, also said that Nigeria would continue to build on the existing bilateral relationship between both countries.

This comes few weeks after attacks in Paris, which the Islamic State claimed responsibility for.

After the near-simultaneous attacks that killed about 130 people in Paris, the French President, Francois Hollande, said it was an ‘act of war’ organised by the Islamic State militant group.

Days after the Paris attack, suicide bombers carried out attacks in Yola and Kano, which President Muhammadu Buhari also condemned in strongest terms. He urged Nigerians to increase vigilance even as the military tried to end the activities of the Boko Haram in the north-east.

Buhari Commiserates With Osinbajos, Sends Delegation To Ikenne 

foreign loans-buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has placed a personal call to the family of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to commiserate with them over the death of Matriarch of the Awolowo family.

The late Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the grand mother of Dolapo, the Vice President’s wife.

Buhari described the deceased as “an institution in her own right” and “a model of motherhood”.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari told the Osinbajos that late Hannah Idowu was one of the greatest female political icons in Africa who was deservingly revered for her remarkable virtues.

Buhari noted that Idowu’s shining virtues as a great mother, wife and motivator, would live after her.

According to the statement, the President has dispatched a powerful Federal Government delegation to condole with the Awolowo family at Ikenne, Ogun State.

The delegation, which met the Vice President and other members of the Awolowo family, was led by Malal Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff.

He was accompanied by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olanishakin and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ambassador Oke.

The delegation extended his condolences to the family, the government and people of Ogun State over the death of Mrs. Awolowo.

Military, Police To Improve Collaboration On Intelligence Gathering

monday-morgan--and-Solomon-AraseThe Nigerian military and the police force have agreed on more collaborative efforts in intelligence, especially in the face of the security challenges in the nation’s north-east.

At a meeting on Monday between the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan and the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, the Chief of Defence Intelligence said that intelligence gathering would not make any difference if there was no collaboration among all security agencies and even the citizen.

He stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to confront the nation’s common enemy, the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Air Vice Marshal Morgan promised to support the Nigeria Police Force through an improved capacity building on intelligence gathering for Police officers with a view to enhancing National Security.

He also expressed satisfaction in the leadership and management team of the Nigeria Police

The Inspector General of Police told the Chief of Defence Intelligence that quite a good number of Police Officers had benefited from the Intelligence course offered by the Military Intelligence School.

He, however, urged the Defence Intelligence Chief to extend same opportunity to Junior Police Officers with a view to boosting the ties between the two agencies

“Collaboration would work better when officers and men in the lower ranks were properly oriented to work together,” he said.

Mr Arase sought for an avenue were a combination of officers and men of the different security agencies could be jointly trained to work together.

Security analysts have stressed the need for security agencies in Nigeria to put more efforts into intelligence gathering in the counter-terrorism operation in the north-east, if the activities of the Boko Haram sect would end.

Nigerian Military Opens Dialysis Centre In Abuja

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Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency has opened a Dialysis Centre in Abuja, the oil-rich nation’s capital city.

At the centre’s commissioning ceremony on Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan urged operators of military hospitals to represent perfection in the service of humanity.

President Jonathan pledged the government’s continued support for military health institutions, in what he described as their significant role in the society.

The President said: “We will work with you and assist your establishment to succeed. In most countries, the President and his family attend the military hospital whenever they are ill.

“So, they expect that the military hospital should be among the top hospitals and that should be what we should aspire for”.

He also emphasised that a number of Nigerians had kidney-related diseases, lamenting that some had lost their lives as a result of the absence of dialysis machines.

President Jonathan then noted that the military work hard to ensure the nation is secured and must be respected.

He stressed the need for adding that their hospitals must be well equipped.

In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Rear Admiral Gabriel Okoi, said the establishment of the Dialysis Centre was part of its social responsibility to the nation.

According to him, the Dialysis Centre would serve defence intelligence and other military personnel and the general public.