By Patrick Sam
National Security Adviser (NSA), General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Wednesday, communities in Northern Nigeria, particularly the Northwest geopolitical zone to intensify efforts toward providing intelligence to security agencies on the activities of criminals.
He said credible information would enable the security agencies to address the insecurity bedeviling states in the Northwestern geopolitical zone of the country. Monguno spoke in Katsina after meeting with the state governor, Aminu Masari, on security challenges confronting the state.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed me to lead the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Rufai Ahmad; the Director General (DG) of the Department of State Security (DSS) Yusuf Magaji Bichi;and the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, AVM MS Usman, to find solutions to the security challenges in the Northwestern part of the country.
“We had a frank discussion with the governor on the recent happenings in Katsina State and other states in the northwest region. What I saw on ground is very disturbing; obviously, we need to have collective efforts from both local communities and security agencies in tackling the situation. We need to build confidence to win the trust of the local communities”.
Monguno noted that the President Buhari-led administration had spent more on security than previous administrations since the country returned to democracy, but emphasized that security agencies would need credible information from inhabitants of local communities to curtail the security challenges in the zone.