The Guardian, police national security summit gathers momentum
The security summit being planned by The Guardian in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force continues to gather momentum.The event is being driven by the overarching need to strengthen security nationwide and secure a robust collaboration among government agencies responsible for the protection of life and property and other stakeholders.
The absence of such synergy is demonstrated by inter-agency rivalry. Currently, the killing of three policemen by the army in Taraba State has apparently strained the relationship between these two security agencies of government, posing a clear danger to the well-being of the citizens.
The Guardian-Police summit will thus set an agenda towards engendering well-coordinated security forces that would be well positioned to confront insecurity in many parts of the country. Stakeholders believe that if the armed forces and other security agencies in the country collaborate and share ideas, the nation’s security challenges will be effectively tackled.
According to a security expert, beyond engaging in sports tournament together, the armed forces and other security agencies must devise other areas of cooperation especially on intelligence gathering, mutual defence and combat operations.
The Guardian and the Nigeria Police Force are rising up to the occasion with a view to addressing the menace through a national symposium.The arrangement for the summit, which will bring together stakeholders from within and outside Nigeria, was consummated recently at the Force Headquarters in Abuja when a team of The Guardian, led by its Chief Operating Officer and Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Debo Adesina, paid a courtesy visit to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
During the visit, Adesina congratulated the IGP on his remarkable achievements so far in office, especially on the success of the Operation Puff Adder in containing criminality across the federation, expressing the desire of The Guardian to collaborate with the police in addressing the prevailing security problems in the polity.
Acknowledging that the security of life and property was the collective responsibility of all Nigerians, Adesina called on the police high command to partner with the news medium in organising an urgent all-inclusive national summit to proffer solutions and remedy the precarious security situation nationwide.
Responding during the meeting, IGP Adamu acknowledged the positive role the media play in enhancing security in the country. He paid tributes to The Guardian for assisting the force in discharging its statutory duties. Also at the collaborative meeting were members of the police management, including five deputy inspectors-general of police.
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