VOICE OF NIGERIA
29 July, 2013
The Nigerian government has been urged to develop a comprehensive data bank of citizens and foreigners in the country, as a proactive measure to tackle terrorism.
The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC),Dr. Ade Abolurin said that Nigeria needed to develop a reliable intelligence-based approach in the fight against terrorism. “The data bank will contain every single security report about Nigerians and foreigners alike and should be easily accessible by security operatives,” Dr. Abolurin, said at a national stakeholders conference in Calabar, Cross River State, with the Association of Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (APSPN)
The Commandant-General described the
conference theme: “The Role of Individuals and Organizations in
Combating Terrorism and Insecurity in
Nigeria,” as essential to providing Nigerians at all levels, with adequate
protection. According to the NSCDC boss, the private guard organisations had a duty to provide security agencies with reliable information, as partners closest to Nigerians at the grassroots.
“It is one of the constitutional responsibilities of the Corps to regulate
the operation of private guard companies in Nigeria in line with
President Jonathan’s agenda to improve
security in the nation,” he says. While calling for regular training of security personnel and synergy with counter-terrorism agencies across the globe, he says,“Nigeria should partner with the United States of America in tackling terrorism especially in intelligence information sharing and training.”
The Chairman of APSPN in Cross River
State, Mr Chris Akwa noted that grass
root policing remains the ‘collective responsibility’ to protect the country. He pledged the readiness of the association to collaborate with the NSCDC and frontline security operatives to effectively tackle the challenge of terrorism in the nation through regular
training of its employees, in line with constitutional provisions.
Dr Abolurin was represented by the
Commandant of the NSCDC in Cross River
State, Dr. Benito Eze.