Expert urges Buhari to merge security agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari...

President Muhammadu Buhari…

AS the world marks the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, former Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration (ACG) and international border expert, Mrs. Funmilayo Odubela-Aduroja has proposed merging of all internal security agencies as panacea for total eradication of terrorism in Nigeria.

Odubela-Aduroja, who has undergone international trainings on border security, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fight terrorism by merging all internal security agencies into one body to be headed by a senior officer who would be a member of his cabinet.

She also urged the President to implement the content of the 9/11 Commission Report where Nigeria and Mali were targeted by terrorists as their next hideout.

“The terrorists are getting more aggressive, so they have their research, plans and they are recruiting more young people via the Internet. Terrorism war has not been won and it is quite challenging. The recommendation contained in the 9/11 Commission Report was what I worked on when I was in Nigeria Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS) in 2004.

“I recommended in my research that there is need for us to merge most of this small agencies together in other to fund them adequately and to make sure they deliver. It was done in America and it was successful. When the report was submitted in 2003, President George Bush wrote to congress and they merged the security agencies and now have what is called Department of Homeland Security.

She specifically urged the government to merge the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS).

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