Security Agencies Get Violence Control Training Ahead Of 2015 Elections

dss_officersSecurity agencies in Nigeria have received training on how to respond to violent situations and other related issues during and after the 2015 general elections

The simulation exercise was conducted by the the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, for staff of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and other paramilitary agencies.

The exercise focused on the use of Information Communication Technology and Independent Protective Devices in the event of any outbreak of violence during the elections.

At the closing ceremony of the exercise on Tuesday, the Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John Ifemeje, said the training was designed to equip personnel of the Department of State Security Service and other relevant stakeholders on how to manage crisis and other abnormal situations during the forthcoming elections across the country and also identify ways of tackling security challenges in a simulated setting.

The Commandant, who was represented by Rear Admiral Stanley Ogoigbe, explained that the exercise had become imperative considering the number of violence that had been recorded in previous elections.

He asked the participants to take the training they had received seriously in order to achieve the desired results.

In his address, the Director of Armed Forces Simulation Centre, Brigadier General Kassim Abdulkarim , said the exercise had equipped the participants with the basic knowledge and tactics of dealing with emergency situations.

“The security agencies need the training, especially now that terrorism and other related crimes are on the rise in northern Nigeria and the entire West African sub-region,” he said.

He further expressed optimism that the coordination and response mechanism of the participants would be sharpened to provide prompt, efficient and effective response emergency occurrences.

Participants at the exercise were drawn from a cross section of the security agencies, particularly those engaged in anti-terrorist insurgency, with an objective of creating inter agency understanding and cooperation in the fight against election violence and insurgency.

The Armed Forces Simulation Centre (AFSC) in Jaji, was commissioned in December 2002. It was established to modernise the traditional manual battle simulation known as sand-model war-gaming that had been used before now.

It is one of the most modern simulation centres in the world using the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS) for both warfare and battle situations.

Amnesty International Accuses Both Insurgents And Security Agencies Of War Crimes

amnesty internationalRights group, Amnesty International (AI) has said that both the Nigerian security agencies and the Boko Haram insurgents have committed war crimes in the troubled north-eastern part of the country.

A statement issued by the group says that more than 1,500 people had been killed in the first three months of 2014, and that the situation in the north-east region has escalated into a non-international armed conflict.

Amnesty added that it has documented the killings carried out in January, February and March 2014 by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian security forces.

Part of the statement reads, “AI has received credible evidence that as the military regained control, more than 600 people, mostly unarmed recaptured detainees, were extra-judicially executed in various locations across Maiduguri.”

The rights group is asking the international community to ensure prompt, independent investigations into acts that might constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.