Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has called for an all hands on deck approach to tackle with insecurity in the country.
According to him, the fight against insecurity requires the cooperation of all states and for security managers and intelligence agencies to share information. He made the disclosure at the 2021 second quarter meeting of Directors of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) in North-West states.
In his words: “Any plan that seeks to address the problem in only one state will at best yield a temporary respite as the criminals will retreat to safe havens.
‘’The security agencies need to strengthen intelligence gathering, to establish not just the identities, plans and locations of these criminals, but to actively disrupt their capacity to organise and mount attacks on our citizens.
‘’But it is also very important to ensure that prompt and coordinated action becomes the default response of the Armed Forces and the Police to the profusion of actionable intelligence that is already available,’’
El-Rufai said that the governors of the North West and Niger state appreciated the salient fact of inter-state cooperation as far back as 2015.
‘’They came together to fund simultaneous operations by the federal military and security agencies across the largely ungoverned Kamuku-Kuyambana forest swathes that straddle about seven of our states up to Dajin Rugu.
‘’These operations disrupted the cattle rustling gangs, but were unfortunately not sustained as a continuous exercise to dominate these spaces and assert within them the authority of the Nigerian state,’’
‘’As the lead agency for domestic intelligence and counter-intelligence, the DSS has a vital role to play in providing the reliable information needed by the Police and Armed Forces for the total defeat of these dangerous insurgents,’’