Synergize against insecurity, senator charges security forces and agencies

Synergize against insecurity, senator charges security forces and agencies

The representative of Katsina Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Ya’radua Abdulaziz Musa has urged security forces and agencies in Nigeria to synergize against insecurity.

This was contained in a recent motion he moved on the floor of Nigeria’s 10th Senate. He said that the synergy would go a long way to improve the coordination between Nigeria’s Security Forces and Agencies, as well as help strengthen and win the war against insecurity in the nation.

While commending security forces and agencies for the ongoing efforts made in the fight against insecurity so far, he reiterated the need for various security agencies, including both military and paramilitary to: improve and enhance their operational synergy and coordination for effective and holistic tackling of various insecurity plaguing the nation; develop a National Security Policy Documents, for 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 security challenges bedeviling the country.

Making his presentation before the senate, he noted that the contemporary security landscape in Nigeria has over time been posing unprecedented challenges that have been outstripping the capability of any security network. Senator Ya’radua therefore noted with concern that the fight against insurgencies and other novel security crises requires the collaboration of all the relevant security agencies and Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Noting that aside Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and Nigeria Police Force, he said the country also has Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other authorized Task Forces. He further noted that the country had other key security services that oversee both internal and external threats, among which, according to him, were the Department of State Service (DSS), the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

He however decried the menace being caused by Bandits and Kidnappers in the North West, the Gunmen in the South East and South South, Boko Haram in the North East and other forms of criminalities like robberies, and farmers/herders clashes, even as he reminded the kidnapping of Retired Major General R. C. Duru on 27th September, 2023 by people suspected to be IPOB members. He added that on 3rd October 2023, about five people were killed and some injured when Bandits attacked the Anguwar Dankali community in Zaria.

Worried that on 20th October 2023, Bandits in their numbers raided Danmusa town, the headquarters of Danmusa local government, Katsina state, killing seven people and injuring 10 and kidnapping yet to be ascertained number of people, he informed that they equally attacked Wurma, Tamawa and Dadawa communities, killing people and rustling cattle, even as he regretted that the country has lost many lives and properties at the hands of those behind insecurities in Nigeria.

Stating that the role of security agencies is to ensure the safety of the citizens, the senator however maintained that synergy between the military and the paramilitary agencies and all the stakeholders would go a long way to minimize insecurity to the barest minimum in Nigeria.