Security Analyst Scores FG 10 Percent On Counter-Terrorism Measures

Olatubosun AbolarinwaA Security Consultant, Olatubosun Abolarinwa, on Thursday expressed disappointment in the Federal Government’s counter-terrorism measures, scoring it 10 percent and noting that “we are almost 67 years backward in our fight against terrorism”.

Speaking in light of the recent attacks by Boko Haram and the use of young female suicide bombers, Abolarinwa said “none of this should be surprising” as the study of terrorism trends, all over the world, shows that the events happening in Nigeria are not new.

“If you study terrorism and its trend all over the world, there is nothing happening in Nigeria now that has not happened somewhere else in the world,” he said, noting that the new trend of indoctrinating and using young suicide bombers, was saddening.

He went further to say that another sad thing was the government’s efforts to “indoctrinate the society at large, to counter it”.

He however noted that there were two ways of dealing with terrorism, including anti-terrorism – which is majorly the work of the security agencies – and counter-terrorism – which involves the general populace.

“The counter terrorism initiative of the government at the moment can be rated at 10 percent” he said, insisting that “we cannot continue to pretend, or to assume, or believe that it is the law enforcement agencies that are going to deal with this or solve it.

“It is never done like that,” Abolarinwa said.

He further stressed that the government needs to take an active step to ensure that citizens are highly conscious of the situation at hand, as majority don’t believe the severity of terrorism until there is an explosion or bomb scare around them.

“Now is the time, not later, although it is a little bit late but not too late to take steps in indoctrinating the society on how to counter terrorism,” he said, adding that “It’s ok to be over-suspicious”, on the part of the people.

He called on the government to evaluate the funds spent in the fight against terrorism vis a vis the results achieved.

Kidnapped Foreigners May Be Boko Haram Sponsors In Disguise – Analyst

Yemi AkpangA security analyst, Yemi Akpang, on Thursday said 95 percent of the foreign nationals who had been kidnapped and released by the Boko Haram terrorist group were sponsors of the insurgency in disguise.

While assessing Nigeria’s counter-terrorism strategies, Akpang noted that the Boko Haram insurgency had gained ground in the Northern region because security agencies had overlooked several incidences of religious unrest.

Appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Akpang said “right from the beginning, there have been fundamental mistakes in the way we pursue our security in the country”, opining that there was a “serious problem of analysis” on the part of the agencies.

According to him, the history of the Northern region spanning the 80’s up until the early 2000’s, was typified by religious riots leading to the death of many while others fled the region and abandoned their properties. “What that tells us is that right from the 80’s up to the 90’s, up to the present (time), there are elements in that area that have extremist tendencies.”

He opined that the security agencies had left the situation unchecked, which led to the propagation of extremist beliefs.

“Terrorism is about the brain. It’s not about the gun. It’s about putting infrastructure in place, nip it in the bud before it comes up.”

Although he commended the security agencies for their efforts at combating terrorism, he maintained that “there were some fundamental issues that were not addressed from the beginning, and it appears that these mistakes are still going-in.”

Speaking on some sponsors of terrorism who train the members of the insurgency, Akpang opined that some of the foreign nationals who had been kidnapped could have been trainers ‘terrorist tacticians’ in disguise.

“They (terrorists) would fake the kidnapping, take him to their camps (where he would) train them (on) how to assemble bombs, how to handle weapons … and after about 9 months to one year, they would release the person.”

“It is possible that it is a normal kidnapping case but 95 percent of the time such people are weapons instructors.”

He also spoke about the government’s counter terrorism strategies, which he said, terrorists study before deciding on the method of attack to use.

“So counter-terrorism efforts must be geared towards capturing all the terrorist’s strategies,” he said.

Nigerian Police Are Not Trained To Fight Wars -Security Analyst

mr dehindeA Security Analyst, Ariyo Dehinde, says the Nigerian  Police are not trained to fight war but to quell civil routs.

His comment was in response to the inability of the Nigeria police Force to contain the activities of the Boko Haram sect.

Mr Dehinde described the situation as a war situation, saying that Nigeria is at war.

“The fact that the police are not trained to fight war makes them handicapped,” he said.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Dehinde emphasised that the police does not have the kind of capacity that can be used to face a group as Boko Haram. “The military rule we had for such a long time already emasculated the Nigeria police. They are trying to find their feet, they are not there yet” he added.

A reform programme for the police had been embarked upon by the Nigerian govenrment, but Mr Dehinde stated that the grounds are not safe for any meaningful development to take place, emphasising that “if there is no peace development cannot take place”.  “There is a lot of insanity going on in the police force,” he noted.

Mr Dehinde urged the government to look deep into blocking of the borders, especially that of Cameroun, he advised the government to seek help from France in the blocking of the borders with Cameroun, stressing that Cameroun might be supporting the Sect group.

He further urged the government to stand up and fight, calling on Nigerians to also help in the fight. “It is a collective effort and the government alone cannot fight this”.

He advised the government to ask for suggestions from the public and asked Nigerians to stop abusing the government. Mr Dehinde stressed that what Nigerians should be doing was to bring ideas that will help in solving the insecurity challenges affecting the country.


Nigerian Security Agencies Must Work Together – Rotimi

Security Analyst, Kemi Rotimi has shed light on the on-going development of a National Policy on Public Safety and Security with optimism that it will improve the effectiveness of security agencies in Nigeria.

During an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr. Rotimi revealed that Nigeria has been without a policy regulating the activities of safety and security agencies and this has contributed to the lapses in the system.

The situation informed the need to develop a policy document that will restructure the system, hence the inauguration of his committee in June 2013 by the Ministry of Police Affairs, and the committee commenced work by consulting the heads of security agencies at the Federal Capital Territory in order to get their recommendations.

He said that the policy document being worked on will put together what every security agency is doing, where they are interconnected and how to ensure effective and efficient resource mobilization and utilization.

“This is a policy that will show how agencies connected with safety and security should synergize and harmonize their mandate because every organisation has its remit.”

Mr Rotimi who is also a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) called on Nigerians to “focus on the message rather than the messenger”, explaining that though the mission is being executed under the auspices of the Ministry of Police Affairs; it requires the cooperation of all security agencies and stakeholders.

He cited the usual reluctance from the people on affairs concerning the Police, but stressed that “the committee has no apology about the fact that in a democracy, the Police represents the first line of internal security.” He added that most of the other agencies like NSCDC and the Customs started from the Police and that should also justify it being at the apex of the arrangement.

Using the Nigerian Customs Service as a case study, Mr. Rotimi further emphasized the need for all security and safety agencies in the country to do their jobs well for them to deliver safety and security as their activities affect one another.

He said beyond revenue generation “through all the borders, all manner of things get in…by their (The Customs) activities, they can apprehend those who are bringing in fake goods, fake drugs, and you go on to the next stage, NAFDAC. So it’s a chain of everybody working together”. Therefore a major focus of the policy is to spell out cooperation among the several safety and security agencies.

He stated that there should have been no reasons for the Police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to clash if there had been a clear understanding of roles and boundaries in the system, stressing that they can actually interconnect instead of the rivalries witnessed on many occasions.

The committee is embarking on zonal interaction forums with several stakeholders and organizations invited to present briefs and suggestions to the committee. It is mainly to create the opportunity for operatives beyond the headquarters to come out and share the peculiarities of safety and security issues in their regions.

Information sharing, effective resource utilization, training, are among other issues that the national safety and security policy document will be focusing on.

Analyst Calls For Increased JTF Operation in Edo

A security analyst, Mr Ona Ekhomu has called on the Joint Task Force to increase its operations in Edo state, where members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, are hiding.

Speaking on Sunrise, Mr Ekhomu said that the insurgency has moved to the southern region of the country, into states like Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Edo. He added that Edo state is where the Ansaru factionof the insurgency, which was operating in Kogi, is now running into to escape law enforcement and JTF, he said.

That means “Edo ought to have a good JTF operation in place”.

A human rights activist, Razaq Oladosu, while speaking on the programme debunked claims that the insurgency declared a cease fire in honour of the Muslim fasting season.

Voicing his suspicions of certain people in government, who are using the situation against the Goodluck led administration, he said that it is just an effort to misinform and distract plans and strategy on ground because they know their days are numbered.

Mr Ekhomu also said that the government needs to control the violence until Boko Haram’s will to fight is down, afterwhich dialogue will be more effective.

Police Not Equipped To Curb Kidnapping

A Security Analyst, Olajide Alabi on Thursday said that the Nigeria Police Force is ill-equipped in the fight against kidnappings which has become a major source of concern to the people and government.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Alabi said the fight against kidnapping should “not be the sole responsibility of the Nigerian Police” and advised that the Nigerian Army should be enrolled to fight the crime.

He explained that soldiers are better equipped at fighting such crimes as there is a “counter terrorist unit in the special warfare wing of the army”.

“I think the army can also be co-oped into the security menace of kidnapping,” he said.

Mr Alabi explained the members of the police force are not trained to be “counter-terrorists” and disclosed that only 400 mobile police officers were trained in this regard, three years ago. The training lasted 2 months.

Mr Alabi said that kidnapping is no regular crime but is a ‘terrorist act’ committed by terrorist organisations, which use ransom collected to secure the release of their members who are in police custody.

“Kidnapping is a forceful apprehension of people mostly for ransom”.

He attributed the increase in cases of kidnapping to the level of unemployment in the society.