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Insecurity: Again, Senate summons security chiefs, others



Disturbed by the all forms of insecurity in the country, the Senate has again summoned the security chiefs and heads of paramilitary for explanations and way forward.

This was even as the Red Chamber called on various security agencies, both the military and paramilitary improve their inter-operational synergy and coordination for the effective tackling of various types of insecurity plaguing the country.

It, however, commended the security forces and agencies for the ongoing efforts made to fight all forms of insecurity in the country.

These resolutions were sequel to the consideration and adoption of a motion, titled: “The improvement of coordination and synergy between Nigeria security forces and agencies to help strengthen and win the fight against insecurity in the nation”, sponsored by Senator Abdulaziz Yar’Adua (APC Katsina Central) at plenary on Thursday.

Presenting the motion, Senator Yar’Adua, said the contemporary security landscape in Nigeria poses unprecedented challenges that outstrip the protective capabilities of any security agency alone.

“Therefore, the fight against insurgencies and other novel security crises requires the collaboration of all the relevant security agencies and the ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs of the federal government,” he said.

The lawmaker went further: “Nigeria has various security agencies aside from the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force. These include the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Correctional Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other authorised Civilian Task Forces.

“Additionally, Nigeria has other key security services that oversee both internal and external threats; the Department of State Services, DSS; the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.”

Senator Yar’Adua added that Nigeria faces numerous simultaneous security crises, including Boko Haram in the North East, the activities of gunmen in the South East and the South South, and other forms of criminality like armed robbery, herdsmen/farmers clashes and cross border crimes.

In its further resolutions, the Red Chamber also urged the Security agencies to “develop a National Security Policy document outlining the framework for an improved and streamlined synergy and coordination between the various security agencies and embark on joint training to enhance their capabilities and effectiveness in dealing with all forms of security challenges bedevilling our dear nation.”

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