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Experts urge overhaul of Nigeria’s security architecture



Experts have called for a review of the nation’s security architecture to address the killings and other criminal activities in the land.

During the inauguration of council members and induction of new members of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology Administration (ICJCA) in Lagos, the chief executive/registrar, Dr. Primus Emenuga, said the appeal has become necessary following the series of negative reports which were capable of undermining national security.

Describing the nation’s challenges as enormous, he regretted that the numerous professional tips given to government over the years had been spurned, thus compounding the situation.

Emenuga stressed that ICJCA was willing to collaborate with relevant agencies to find a lasting solution to the nation’s quagmire.

He said: “As at this moment, our security architecture is nothing to write home about. If you look at our core competencies, like the justice system, law enforcement and prison, they are not performing optimally.

“We are asking the government to look at the security issues from the top to the bottom, especially at the correction level to change the narrative.”

To the president and chairman of council, Oba Gbadebo Bajowa, there was need to improve the nation’s justice system by developing and providing good but strategic security administrators and defence initiatives in both government and private

The emphasis, he said, should be on the provision of a broad programme that equips members of the criminal justice system with necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and aptitude in criminal justice administration and criminology in tandem with current realities.

Also a Legal Criminology and Security Psychologist, Mr. Governor Imitini, sought a synergy between the criminal justice system and the law enforcement agencies for proper reformation and rehabilitation centres for offenders to check the high incidence of crimes in the society.

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