The President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, Dr. Ona Ekhomu said that the unfortunate mosque attack in Kondugha, Borno State was possible because there was no community defence shield in place.
According to him, the Community Vigilance Defence Shield should be operated on the local government level and should involve district heads, traditional leaders, clerics and other centers of influence at the LGA, town village and community levels. The shield will also serve as a source of intelligence not only for the JTF and its counter-terrorism operations, but also for the police agency and its efforts to control crime in various rural communities.
The security expert opined that the vulnerability of Mosques and other places of worship had been highlighted further by the attack on worshippers in Kondugha which resulted in the death of 44 Muslim worshippers.
He called for the implementation of a security initiative which he tagged “Community Vigilance Defence Shield” (CVDS), while also urging mosques and Churches to put in place robust security measures that will enable the detection of terrorists before they strike. He also commended the JTF on the elimination of Momodu Bama, the second in command to Boko Haram leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau. He said that decimation of the top leadership of the terrorist organization would lead to early victory in the war on terror and safety of Nigeria lives.