BY DANIEL IDONOR and Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja.
Indications emerged yesterday that following the August 26 suicide bombing of the United Nations House in Abuja, which is the second of such devastating attacks inside the federal capital territory, the seat of power, President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the deployment of Israeli Security experts to supervise the security of Aso Rock.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the decision of the President which was deliberated at length by the National Security Council headed by the National Security Adviser, General Owoye Andrew Azazi, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petirin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, DG SSS, Mr. Ekpeyong Ita, Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Abubakar Ringim and the Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ola Sahad Ibrahim, was eventually agreed upon as terrorism attacks have shown that international cooperation was needed to tackle the threat.
It was gathered that the precision, and expertise displayed in both the bombings of the Police force headquarters and the UN house both in Abuja by the Boko Haram group, as claimed, are making security agencies in the country suspect that external assistance in terms of training, types of explosives and financial support (from Al-QAEDA) has been made available to the group.
The new collaborative security stance of government, according to investigations, showed government’s realization that the security agencies in the country can not do it alone without assistance from foreign experts, especially those that have tackled the menace for so many years.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan yesterday declared that Nigerian security operatives are now in possession of a strong clue on members and sponsors of the emerging terror group that has recently turned the country into a theatre of bomb war, saying that he would use every available power to return fire for fire.
Aside Aso Rock, Saturday Vanguard gathered that wholesale surveillance and reconnaissance, was being carried out on federal government assets like the NNPC TOWERS, CBN, National Assembly, Supreme Court, Finance Ministry, Police Force Headquarters, Federal Secretariat, SFG office, foreign embassies and others with a view to coming out with a new security blueprint that will counter the element of surprise being used by the terrorists.
To realise this objection, it was gathered that Israeli security experts who had made several convincing presentations on how to checkmate the Boko Haram menace, and these agencies, are convinced that they have the wherewithal to checkmate the spate of bomb blasts now ravaging the country.
Already, the federal capital territory is witnessing the massive installation of close circuit Televisions (CCTV) in and around the city as part of security measures being put in place to monitor all illegal activities going on in the city with the control room expected to be located at the Force Headquarters for central coordination.
To circumvent the issue of power failure, it was gathered that the CCTV Cameras are being provided back up solar power to power panels to ensure 24 hours function daily.
President Jonathan who spoke at the launch of a new National Drivers’ Licence and Plate numbers at the headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Abuja, yesterday, said he had directed the nation’s security network to go after the Boko terror cell and destroy it.
“Let me use this occasion to reassure Nigerians and members of the international community that we now have strong leads as to those involved in this terror war on Nigeria and Nigerians. I have directed security operatives to go after them no matter where they may be hiding. Also, I am using this opportunity to warn that those who choose to hide under our new freedoms to perpetuate evil against our people shall have no hiding place. This administration is fully determined and able to deal with all threats and agents of instability who continue to test the resolve of our nation and its democratic institutions and leadership.”
He warned that “as President and Chief Security Officer of the nation, I will employ every means and instrument at my disposal to secure this nation against forces of evil, which seek to divide and sabotage our country. There shall be no sacred cows in our efforts to expose, contain and defeat this network of terror and its sponsors.”
“I have directed a review of our national security architecture to lay greater emphasis on intelligence and citizens’ participation in security surveillance”, he declared.
He disclosed that, “We are in touch with all international agencies, involved in the global war against terror. We will work in tandem with all organizations and partners towards the timely and eventual containment and defeat of terror and their sponsors in our land.
“I therefore appeal to all State governments, law enforcement agencies, transport unions and institutions, non-governmental organisations, the organised private sector and of course, the general public to be resolute in their support for the FRSC in their quest to reform motor vehicle administration in Nigeria for our collective good.”