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‘Buhari must rejig counter-terrorism officials to avert criminal alliance’

By Terhemba Daka (Abuja) and Silver Nwokoro (Lagos)
19 August 2022   |   4:03 am
A security policy think-tank, Nextier SPD, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow counter terrorism officials stay too long in their beats to prevent forging of criminal alliance.
Buhari with service chiefs

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CAN laments insecurity in churches, nation
A security policy think-tank, Nextier SPD, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow counter terrorism officials stay too long in their beats to prevent forging of criminal alliance.

The advice came barely 24 hours after Buhari appointed Rear Admiral Yaminu Ehinomen Musa (rtd) as pioneer coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

An Associate Consultant at Nextier SPD and Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Benin, Dr. Iro Aghedo, and Dr. Ndu Nwokolo, the Managing Partner and Chief Executive at Nextier SPD and an Honorary Research Fellow, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, UK, noted that banditry in Zamfara State is riding on the waves of collusion.

They said: “Several actors benefit from the conflict’s political economy and sabotage efforts to curb violence. These entrepreneurs of violence must be identified, prosecuted and appropriate punishment meted on them, no matter their socio-political status if the deadly violence is to be tackled effectively.”

Also, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Surulere chapter, decried insecurity in churches and in the nation.

Speaking, yesterday, at the second summit of heads of churches in Surulere Local Council with the theme, ‘Insecurity: A Challenge to Spread of the Gospel,’ Lagos State CAN chairman, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, said the problem has increased drastically and is causing panic to society and churches.

Advised churches and citizens to be watchful and prayerful, he said: “If you see any strange ways in the church, raise an alarm. If you see any object you can’t identify, raise an alarm.”

Coordinator of CAN (Surulere chapter), Rev. Father Simeon Irabor, in his keynote address, lamented wanton killings, kidnappings and banditry, adding: “Without any iota of doubt, it is depressing and frustrating.”

However, the Special Adviser on Religion (Christian), Lagos State, Very Rev. Bukola Adeleke, while speaking on the role of government in addressing insecurity, maintained that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration will not tolerate criminality in the state.

Adeleke quoted the governor as saying: “Lagos is a melting pot for our nation where anybody can come in with a lot of aspirations and do well. Lagos is a state that gives hope to a lot of Nigerians, So, we cannot afford anything to happen here. I assure you, with every sense of commitment, that we will stop at nothing to make sure Lagos remains safe and secure.”