•Security administrators brainstorm, strategise on way forward
The Nigerian Army has concluded plans to set up a fusion centre for intelligence and information sharing in Kaduna State, in response to the prevailing state of insecurity at the North West part of the country ravaged by the activities of criminal gangs and armed bandits.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations (DDAPR), 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Muhammad Dole, in a statement on Friday, said the dynamic nature of security management makes it absolutely necessary for regular reviewing and restrategising to meet the contemporary challenges.
According to Dole, the prevailing security situation in the Area of Operational Responsibility of 1 Division Nigerian Army requires focused and wholistic approach by all stakeholders in the security architecture.
He said that in line with this, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division NA, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Mohammed, convened pioneer meeting of security Administrators to brainstorm and explore strategies that could curtail the emerging threats. In attendance were all the Heads and Representatives of security agencies in Kaduna State Commands.
During the meeting, he said, Mohammed briefed the stakeholders on the ongoing efforts by the Division aimed at combating armed banditry, kidnappings and cattle rustling.
“He stated that the objective of the meeting is to achieve synergy of efforts among the agencies and to plan towards esbtalishing a Fusion Center for exchange of information and intelligence between the security and law enforcement agencies in Kaduna State. The GOC said that this unique arrangement will provide additional platform for pulling and coordinating common human and material resources for effective security management,”he stated.
Dole further stated that in their various remarks, the stakeholders commended the initiative and expressed readiness to key into this noble idea for robust security arrangements in the state.
He said the stakeholders described it as barrier breaker of inter – agency rivalry, which would enhance response time and served as proactive measures towards forging a common front against unpredictable security threats.
He noted that all the security agencies represented at the meeting emphasised the urgent need to set up the Fusion Center to consist of all representatives of security agencies, where information will be collated and processed for common usage by intelligence community.