By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, said, yesterday, that the tempo of ongoing insurgency in the country requires new intelligence policy.
To this end, he tasked the Institute for Security Studies, ISS, to chart a new intelligence policy to meet up with the current realities.
Olonisakin spoke when he hosted participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 10 of the ISS, who were on a geo-strategic tour of notable security institutions in Abuja.
Represented by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Bashir Saidu, the Defence chief added that the strategic part of the ISS curriculum was very commendable and expressed satisfaction with the array of participants from various security agencies and regulatory bodies.
He noted that the inclusion of various government agencies gave room for cross-fertilisation of ideas.
The CDS noted that with the array of faculties in the institute, ISS was doing a lot to improve the knowledge of intelligence gathering of the participants, which could impact positively the ongoing war on insurgency and other allied criminalities in the country.
Speaking earlier, the Director ISS, Mr Matthew Seiyefa, said the choice of Defence Headquarters was in recognition of the military’s tremendous contributions to national security and nation building.
He further stated that the rising threat profile in the country could only be checkmated, if the intelligence community synergised with strategic security agencies as Defence Headquarters, to understand the operations and strategic interplays in the interest of national security.
Highlights of the visit included a presentation on the roles and operational organisation of the Defence Headquarters as well as various military operations being carried out simultaneously to rid the country of terrorists and criminal elements.