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Nigeria: NSA tasks security, intelligence agencies on tackling kidnappings, other security challenges

Rear Adm. Yaminu Musa (Rtd.), National Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (l) and Mr. Richard Montgomery, British High Commissioner to Nigeria Photo: NAN

*Malam Nuhu Ribadu, National Security Adviser, says it is imperative for all stakeholders in the security and intelligence community to work together to evolve comprehensive solutions to menace of kidnap-for-ransom related crimes bedevilling the  country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), has urged all security, intelligence and other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to take responsibility in protecting lives and property of Nigerians.

Ribadu said this at the briefing of Service Chiefs and Heads of Agencies on the roadmap for the establishment of the proposed Anti-Kidnap Fusion Cell, in Abuja, FCT.

Represented at the forum by Rear Adm. Yaminu Musa (Rtd.), National Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Malam Ribadu noted in a statement Thursday by Mr. Raphael Towoju of the Strategic Communications Department of NCTC-ONSA, that it was imperative for all stakeholders to come together to find a comprehensive solution to combating the menace of kidnap-for-ransom and other related crimes bedevilling the West African country.

The NSA stated the first Security and Defence Partnership dialogue between the United Kingdom (UK) and Nigeria was held February 2022, in London, United Kingdom  (UK).

The effort was part of the concerted efforts by ONSA at addressing the menace of kidnapping in Nigeria, he noted.

Ribadu said one of the agreements reached during the Dialogue was the need to create an Anti-Kidnap Multi-Agency Fusion Cell to help stem the threats of Kidnapping in the country.

The NSA further explained: “So far, eight Workshops have been held by personnel of relevant stakeholders working with experts of the UK National Crime Agency (NCA).

“The workshops culminated in the setting up of a multi-agency writing team to contribute to the formulation of a National Anti-Kidnapping Strategy.”

He, therefore, expressed appreciation to the UK through the High Commissioner for the support provided in the the country’s efforts at tackling the issue of Kidnapping and other crimes in Nigeria.

In his response at the conference, Mr. Richard Montgomery, British High Commissioner to Nigeria,  said the first duty of any government was the security of its citizens.

Montgomery noted that the pressing issue of kidnapping brings trauma to the affected families.

The British envoy then, assured Nigeria of the commitment of the UK Government to the full implementation of the Security/Defence partnership between the two countries.

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