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Security experts pledge support in fight against insecurity


professionals-securitySECURITY stakeholders across Africa yesterday pledged to assist the Federal Government in fighting insecurity in the land. The security experts stated this yesterday at the MUSON Centre in Lagos during the 2015 edition of the American Society of Industrial Security’s (ASIS) African Security Conference tagged “Emerging Security Trends”.

The Vice President of the body, Mrs. Onah Ekhomu, said the essence of the event was to assemble practitioners in the private security corridor and government security agencies with a view of finding lasting solutions to insecurity in Nigeria.

According to her: “The aim of this conference is to bring everybody to understand that security is not just about policing or militarising but more about understanding of industrial security.

Besides, another chairman of the Chapter 206 of the body in Lagos, Victor Ubong, who said poverty breeds criminality, urged government to work towards reducing poverty level.

According to him: “We will discuss both the known and the unknown, one of which is to focus on how the economy affects criminality. If you look at the global competiveness report, Nigeria is 127 out of 144 with a population of 195 million people and then having only 50 million people as the working class.

That means the dependency ratio is three to one; for anyone person who works, he or she has an aunty, a cousin or a sister that have to be fed.

So, because of that, poverty level is high and if people have to eat and poverty level is high, it therefore stands to reason that criminality will increase. “It is, therefore, our responsibility as security practitioners to evaluate these trends and know how to deal with them.”

He said the conference has created a platform for professionals in security, financial sector, oil and gas, information technology, politics and government representatives, among others, to share ideas and best practices.

Participants at the event include the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jonathan Ango; Director of Security Service (SSS), Lagos State Command, Ben Olayi; and Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, among others.

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