House of Reps urges increased synergy among security agencies on insecurity

House of Reps urges increased synergy among security agencies on insecurity

The House of Representatives has urged the National Security Adviser (NSA) to put in place mechanism for enhanced collaboration among security agencies in the country towards tackling security challenges.


The lawmakers made call after their unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Abbas Adigun (PDP-Oyo) at the plenary on Thursday.


Moving the motion, Adigun said that the lack of synergy among security operatives, over the years, had become a recurrent decimal, resulting in inter-agencies conflicts.


He noted that for more than two decades, hardly did a year passed without recording violent clashes between security operatives, particularly between the personnel of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force.


He said that security agencies and para-military organisations in the country had been caught in the web of violent clashes over the years as well.


“The inter-agency feuds among the security agencies have exposed the country and her citizenry to perpetual threats and insecurity.


“Without synergy and effective collaboration among the security agencies, the security challenges in the country will remain unabated.


“Failure of security operatives to address some of the daunting security challenges of Nigeria is due to lack of synergy among them.


“Security operatives, rather than explore avenues of collaboration in security provision, capacity building and sharing intelligence reports, have, over the years, been engulfed in unhealthy rivalries.


“Inter-agency discipline and inter-agency esprit de corps appear to be on the decline and this could be detrimental to the security of the country,” he said.

Adigun cited the recent clashes between military personnel and policemen in Taraba, Kaduna and Ebonyi states as pointers to the disharmony and lack of synergy in the operation and information management among security agencies.


Also speaking, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas (APC-Adamawa) said that there were issues bordering on areas of operations among the security agencies.


He said that Section 4 of the Police Act empowered the police to enforce all laws in the country.


Namdas said that the provision also allowed the police to take over the functions of the military and other security agencies.


He said that the Constitution also empowered the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to ensure the coordination and implementation of all laws relating to conflict management.


Rep. Gudaji Kazaure (APC-Jigawa) described inter-agency clashes as an embarrassment to the nation and its security agencies


In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Wase referred the matter to relevant committees for compliance.

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