Cross River Begins Recruitment Into Homeland Security Service

Cross River Begins Recruitment Into Homeland Security ServiceThe Cross River state government has commenced massive recruitment of personnel into its Homeland Security.

According to a statement issued in Calabar by the his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Governor Ben Ayade said the recruitment exercise is being done in collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force.

The Cross River State Homeland Security was recently established after Governor Ayade signed into law, a bill passed by the State House of Assembly for its establishment.

The recruitment into the security outfit is coming at a time when preparations for the 2016 Carnival Calabar are in top gear.

To be eligible for enlistment into the outfit, an applicant must be at least 6ft tall and a holder of a university degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), the statement added.

It is expected that at least 3,000 young persons would be enlisted into the outfit.

A non-arm bearing organization, the key function of the Cross River State Homeland Security is information gathering, which is expected to ensure a more effective policing of the state by the Police.

Governor Ayade had recently described the Cross River State Homeland Security as a complete departure from what is the tradition.

He said: “It will include but not limited to issues like providing intelligence, profiling of visitors coming in and out, doing neighborhood check, neighborhood watch. It will also assist in furnishing Police and other security agencies with information on who comes in and out of the state by providing intelligence data to Police. It will be no-arm bearing.”

The state has purchased hundreds of cars fitted state-of-the art communication gadgets in preparation for its official inauguration.

NHRC Advocates International Cooperation To Tackle Terrorism

NHRCThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called for international cooperation in fighting what it termed ‘economic terrorism’ in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Professor Ben Angwe, made the appeal on Tuesday during a consultative meeting with a 10-man delegation from the United States in Abuja.

Professor Angwe told the White House security delegation that diversion of funds meant for fighting insurgency to other countries, puts the lives of many Nigerians at risk, while stressing that such needed to be tackled and the funds recovered.

He stressed the need for Nigeria to collaborate with the international community to fight the two major forms of terrorism – insurgency and economic terrorism.

Reacting to the human rights violations by the Nigerian military in its war against terror, the NHRC boss said that there has been a clear indication from the military that such violations would no longer occur.

He added that a special investigative panel had been deployed to look into such abuses, specifically the recent clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

In his reaction, the head of the US delegation, Ambassador Stephen Nolan, observed that such incident could only arise out of weakness in governance, saying the consultative meeting was set to tackle such matters.

He added that the meeting would fashion ways to help improve the justice and security sectors of the country for better service delivery.

The delegation had experts from the United States Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, International Development and Governance.

Obama To Sign Executive Order On Cyber Security

obamaThe U.S President, Barack Obama, is expected to sign an executive order on Friday which is aimed at encouraging companies to share information about cyber security threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that of Sony.

Obama will sign the order at a day-long conference on cybersecurity at Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The order of the summit sets the stage for new private-sector led “Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations” (ISAOs) – hubs, where companies share cyber threat data with each other and with the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Obama, who will be joining at the summit with top US security officials, is planning to call on private tech firms to share more information with law enforcement, potentially placing him at odds with the companies.

A senior member of Britain’s National Crime Agency is also due to appear, along with executives from Microsoft, Facebook and Google.

Mr Obama “wants to build support for efforts to better protect against cuber-threats and share more information about cyber-attacks”, the White House said.

Michael Daniel, Obama’s cyber coordinator, in a conference call with reporters said: “We believe that by clearly defining what makes for a good ISAO, that will make tying liability protection to sectoral organisations easier and more accessible to the public and to privacy and civil liberties advocates”.

Cybersecurity industry veterans said that Obama’s anticipated order would be a modest step in one of the president’s major priorities which is the defense of companies from cyber attacks.

Obama has proposed legislation to require more information-sharing and limit any legal liability for companies that share too much. Only Congress can provide the liability protection through legislation.

In the last summit, Obama said cybersecurity was a “challenge that we can only meet together, adding that ”it’s going to bring everybody together – industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who are specialists in the field, as well as students – to make sure that we work through these issues in a public, transparent fashion.”

Other dignitaries are microsoft vice-president Scott Charney and Chief Executives from Visa, MasterCard and American Express.