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Insecurity: FRSC, stakeholders stress significance of functional intelligence in tackling threats

*Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps stresses the need for the authorities to improve security infrastructure  for information gathering in regard to the increasing security challenges in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In building enhanced intelligence system to combat varying security issues in Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Ogungbemide, Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has said the traffic regulatory organisation has a vital role to play when it comes to information gathering on the highways.

Ogungbemide stated this at the quarterly Intelligence Capacity Workshop of FRSC  Thursday, August 18, 2022, in Lagos.

The theme of the workshop is, “The Role of Intelligence in Managing Threat in the Face of Prevailing Security Challenges in Nigeria: A focus on FRSC.”

The FRSC Sector Commander disclosed that the Corps had assisted in apprehending kidnappers, agency report said.

Ogungbemide noted, however, there is still a need to do more in the security infrastructure within the command as a result of the problems at hand.

He also stated: “So many things are happening, and it is better for us to change the narrative as an establishment.”

With the Intelligence Unit in FRSC, so many things had happened in the past, said he.

The Commander noted: “FRSC played a major role in information gathering for National Security Adviser.

“How do we translate this to the state? The first meeting I had with Mr. Governor when I took over the leadership of the State is that I made him realise that FRSC is a member of security team.

“I made Mr. Governor realise that every crime, be it on water land or airport, starts and ends on the road.”

The Corps Commander said this development underscored the important role the FRSC had to play in information gathering.

Julius Osakwa, Deputy Corps Commander, Intelligence, and convener of the workshop, said collaborative efforts of sister agencies would enable Nigerians to move freely in the society.

Osakwa also stressed the need for proactive measures to enhance safety of Nigerians.

The FRSC chief described security as a shared responsibility, which should not be left to certain individuals alone.

Osakwa noted the workshop would enable them to be proactive when situations call for it.

Similarly, Mr. Victor Okelola, Chief Route Commander, said  the regulatory agency is a lead agency in transport business in Nigeria.

According to him, the agency faces a lot of challenges during operations and the workshop would help them to be safer.

An official of the Department of State Services (DSS) at the event, urged the FRSC to adopt intelligence gathering in its operations to surmount security challenges.

The DSS personnel emphasised that intelligence helps to analyse problems and find solution to national security threats.

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