Interior Minister Recommends Ways Of Stopping Attacks On Soft Targets

Bomb-blastThe Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau, has recommended an effective collaboration and information management strategy among security agents to reduce internal security threats in Nigeria to its barest minimum.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the Institute of Security Studies, General Danbazau says the attack on soft targets such as markets, motor parks and public places has made the centrality of information management and inter agency synergy a necessity.

He urged officials of the various security agencies to establish and develop means of coordination that would be efficient and difficult for agents of mischief to penetrate.

“Primarily, it is my opinion that we must centralise information management and increase the level of collaboration between aspects of the Nigeria security infrastructure.

“Without a doubt, we are faced with the threat of terrorism and insurgency.

“The major characteristic of these threats to our national security, a major challenge to the intelligence services, is that these threats always come unexpectedly and are generally highly unpredictable,” he told the officials.

‎Participants at the course were drawn from various security agencies and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, asked the graduating students to be change agents in their various agencies.

“I urge you very strongly to sustain your learning in order to ensure effective and sustained application of your newly acquired knowledge in managing the menace of security and strategic challenges you will be confronted with in the years ahead. This is the only way to justify the huge investment the nation has made on you,” he told them.

The Executive Intelligence Management Course, which is the ninth in the series organised by the Institute of Security Service, attracted participants from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Custom Service, Nigerian Navy, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission‎ and the Department of State Services among others.

El-Rufai Investigates Army/Shiites Clash In Zaria

zariaGovernor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has set up judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the December 12, 2015 clash between soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria that left several people dead.

Several members of the Shit’te sect were allegedly shot dead during the clash following what the Army authorities called an attempt on the life of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Yusuf Tukur Buratai, by the group.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the governor, Mr Samuel Aruwan, says the commission of inquiry has been mandated to determine the immediate and remote cause of the clash, examine the circumstances and contributory factors of the clash, and ascertain the number of persons killed, wounded or missing during the incident.

He explained that the Commission will also identify the actions of persons, institutions, federal and state to determine whether such actions were necessary, appropriate and sufficient in the circumstances in which they occurred.

The commission will have Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba of the Federal Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt as Chairman, while former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Afakriya Gadzama, a one-time Secretary of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Alexander Mshelbwala and ten others will serve as members.

The committee  has six weeks to submit its assignment.

PDP Seeks Review Of INEC And DSS Heads’ Appointments

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the review of the appointments of the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Mrs Amina Zakari, and that of the Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr Lawal Daura.

The acting National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, told Journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the party was uncomfortable with the treatment of its members in the hands of the DSS in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States where elections results are being contested in the tribunals.

Aside from the DSS boss, the PDP also insist that the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the acting Chairman of INEC should be reviewed by the Nigerian President, Muhamadu Buhari, ahead of the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Meanwhile, the electoral commission has assured Nigerians that the scheduled governorship elections holding in Kogi and Bayelsa states would be free and fair.