Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has charged the personnel of the Nigerian Police and other paramilitary agencies to shun all forms of inter-agencies rivalries, adding that when such exist the job of securing the Nation will suffer.
Dr. Audi also urged the officers to embrace rule of law in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking Monday in Abuja at the opening of a two-day workshop, titled; “Promoting collaboration among security agencies: For heads of security agencies in some select Nigerian state”, the NSCDC boss asked the participants from the various agencies to feel free, share experiences that will make the Nation’s security agencies make good decisions in nationalinterest.
The workshop was organised by the KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG in collaboration with the management of the NSCDC.
The state security heads were drawn from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, The Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Customs Service and State Security Service representing Anambra, Borno, Enugu, Imo, and Sokoto states.
According to the NSCDC CG, the prevailing asymmetric warfare bedeviling the nation requires on octopus’ solution in mitigating the myriads of security threats targeted at Nigerians, residents and public assets.
“The reality calls for a continuous evaluation of security strategies that can pull resources and expertise together in tackling this menace.
“This seminar for heads of security is one that fit into such strategy as it is aimed at ensuring seamless synergy among security stakeholders in Nigeria.”
On the need to shun rivalries, Audi said: “Your participation is an indication we are making progress in enhancing synergy that will boost effective coordination during collaborative operations. I, therefore urge you to shun all acts of rivalry capable of depleting these programmes as we are working towards achieving same goal.
“One of the behaviour that is rampant among the security agencies is this rivalries. This one will say we are the one in charge, the other will say you are just coming or so and the job is suffering. At this level we suppose to be sharing experience and expertise as to how to end insecurity in Nigeria.”
The NSCDC boss also urged all Security personnel to alway observe the rule of law.
He said: “Some security officials don’t observe rule of law. Some don’t even obey traffic light. Some of us observe it even with my convoy as a Commandant General. I have warned my aides that if you are driving and you break traffic light you will be sanctioned.”
In her opening remarks, Resident representative of KONRAD ADNAUER STIFTUNG (KAS) in Niberia, Maria Peran, represented by her deputy, charged the participants to live by example and show dedication to the fulfilment of mandate of providing better security situation and make the Nation a safe heaven through better inter-agency collaboration.
The KAS’s representative said “Security threat in Nigeria is tense but working and cooperative together among the Security agencies can produce great results.”
In her paper, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) Dr. Uju Agomoh, told the personnel that “promoting rule of law is the surest way to make the security Jon easy.”
She charged the participants to ensure they all read the Nigerian constitution, especially chapter 4 and 5 so as to better their understanding of their responsibilities.