Nigeria: Minister wants robust military intelligence for regional security
Abuja, The Nigeria Minister of Defence, Mr Mansur Dan-Ali has urged the Directors of Military Intelligence of the Lake Chad Basin to formulate a robust intelligence strategy to facilitate the eradication of terrorism and transnational crimes in the region.
Tagged “Defining a Path Way to Enhance Comprehensive and Collective security against Terrorism and Transnational Crime” the Conference was aimed at devising strategies that would improve on the mechanism in gathering and sharing intelligence to enhance security in the sub-region, the conference was organized by theDefence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in conjunction withthe United States African Command (AFRICOM).
Mr Mansur Dan-Ali who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, stated that intelligence is the most important capability in the fight against terrorism describing it as a “force multiplier.”
While speaking on the need to exchange information and intelligence as well as close cooperation among member countries, the Minister urged the intelligence directors and AFRICOM representatives to re-launch a committed partnership and a cooperative approach that would seek to tackle the emerging security threats to ensure peaceand developmentin the region.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chief of Defence Intelligent (CDI), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Mohammed Usmanstated that intelligence is among the numerous tools to use in the fight against terrorism and other crimes.
AVM Usman appreciated the efforts and the successes being recorded by the LakeChad Basin to curtail acts of terrorism and other transnational crimes which he insisted must be crushed.
On his part, the United States Deputy Chief of Mission, Dr Daniel Young said that intelligence is a veritable tool in dealing with terrorism.
The Abuja conference was the 4th edition and it provided a unique opportunity for dialogue and liberations among the participants.