A Nigerian journalist with Blue Print Newspaper, Jibrin Ndace, has accused security agencies in Nigeria of underrating the insurgents in Nasarawa State and failing to have tangible intelligence report on the area before deploying agents.
Mr. Ndace who was on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, describes the killing of 20 police officers by an cult turned militia group, Ombatse, based in the northern state, as “unfortunate”.
Mr. Ndace says the event was unfortunate, adding that “it is left for security agents to understand the particular ground (they have been deployed to) and know how to approach it.
“The security agents … when going on operation such as the one in Nasarawa must understand what is called the grounds and terrains.”
Mr. Ndace maintains that the security agents underrated their opponents because “it is also the duty of the security agents to have intelligence report on this group before they deploy their men,” in the first place.
“Going for a battle is not a wedding ceremony,” he adds.
He says that from his findings, the Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Al-Makura had made attempts to find a lasting solution to the insurgency but after a year of dislodging the group, they reinforced and emerged with a new name, Ombatse, meaning ‘it is out turn.’
He says the meaning of the name has high implications, consisting of political undertones.
He also says that the Federal Government has to be very decisive in its decision-making effort.
“Government at all levels must be very decisive and take right decisions.”
Mr. Ndace, is of the view that the federal government should do more to win the battle by empowering security agents and equipping them.
He adds that there should be a counter ideology to what the rebels believe in, in order to stall attempts to propagate their beliefs and attract more followership.
He also suggests that the FG tour the country as much as possible in order to engage the think tanks who will help with a better understanding of the country.