Insecurity: Reps recommend vetting programme to fish out moles, okays use of private security contractors

The House of Representatives has recommended to the executive arm of the federal government, to initiate a screening and vetting programme of all frontline officers of the Nigerian military to fish out moles and double-agents who have so far compromised most efforts at combating insecurity and win the war against insurgents and terrorists.

The recommendation was one among several others contained in the report of its special Committee on National Security, headed by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, and unanimously adopted by the House on Tuesday. The report was fallout of the recent national security summit organised by the panel.

It has further urged the presidency to “give immediate consideration to the use of Private Defence Contractors for targeted security operations to combat insurgency and terrorism”.

The House also called for “immediate enhanced training for the Police Mobile Unit to improve their capacity to deal with insecurity. A special team of 40,000 Police Mobile Unite officers should undergo this special training. 1,000 should then be deployed to every state for immediate operations. North East, South West, South East can receive the officers remaining out of the 40k.

“Create a new team under the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to train and work with the guards of Nigeria’s forest. This unit will collaborate with the current Forest Guards who will remain under the control of States.”
Strategically, the House also said “the Executive should initiate a Presidential Police Reform initiative that will be resident in one central place within the Presidency. Also, an operational specialised unit should be established within the NPF to champion and drive all the change initiatives (based on a Presidential Policing Reform Roadmap) from within the institution.”

It recommended further; “Direct the use of the Nigerian Police Trust Fund to procure some of the immediate equipment need by the rank-and-file police officers in Nigeria. This intervention will include the procurement of modern critical equipment for the Nigeria Police Force as specified by the leadership of the NPF;
“Urge the Executive to use all means at its disposal (while Legislation is pending), to require the creation of a protocol that will compel intelligence (as a matter of necessity) sharing amongst all security agencies;

“Deploy Early Warning Systems nationwide including installation of CCTV cameras and other surveillance, satellite and electronic equipment along major highways, public places, and major cities and our borders,” amongst others.

Also on specific areas of legislative interventions, Gbajabiamila explained while giving insight into the committee’s report that action was already on with about six bills seeking to address overlapping functions of security agencies already before the House.