By Evelyn Usman
The President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, AISSON, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a counter-terrorism unit, CTU, within the Presidency to tackle terrorism, and bring terrorists attacks in the North East to an end.
He described the relationship among security agencies as competitive, attributing the hitch in attaining a relief in the fight against terrorists, to the battle of supremacy among the agencies.
Reacting to the twin suicide bombings that claimed 11 lives at a vigilante office and drinking pub, last weekend, in Potiskum, Yobe State, Ekhomu explained that the purpose of this unit was to utilize advanced technology tools to predict Boko Haram attacks, create the necessary focus and synergy required for the war on terror, as well as prevent terror attacks from occurring.
He advocated immediate establishment of a brand new CTU that will overcome the intelligence stove-piping hampering the Nigerian government’s counter-terrorism efforts.
“Intelligence stove-piping is a situation where various security and intelligence agencies develop intelligence on strategic and tactical threats but do not share the intelligence with relevant agencies for necessary counter- terriorism action,” he said.