By Oki Samson
Nigerians have been tasked to take up the role of intelligence gathering as a way to assist various security agencies in the prevention and detection of crimes. The former Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Operations at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, AIG Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu (retd) made this important note at the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) Annual Conference and Awards.
He encouraged Nigerians on the need to participate in intelligence gathering as a way to key into the security architecture of the country stating that everything shouldn’t be left in the hands of the security agencies.
‘The retired but not tired’ AIG Odumosu said: ‘Members of the public need to give information to security agencies for them to work better and more proactive. Intelligence gathering is low because many people are not aware of it. What we need to do is to sensitize members of the public on the importance of intelligence gathering. Every member of the public is an intelligent agent as long as you give information to security agencies for them to work.’
‘Intelligence gathering must be what every Nigerian must take as challenge and watch out to contribute. We need to change the mindset so that they will be part and parcel of the security architecture of Nigeria. Then the agencies will work harder and work better’ emphasized the former Commissioner of Police in Lagos.
In the same vein, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Badinson Security Services, Mr. Matthew Ibadin advocated for an inter-agency academy that would further cement a harmonious relationship that would promote stronger cohesion among the security agencies. He commended NAOSNP for their ingenuity to have organised such a far-reaching security conference, adding that the theme was apt and timely considering the security problems the country has been contending with in recent times.
The well-attended colorful and annual NAOSNP National Security Conference and Awards 2022 had the Former Minister of External Affairs, Major General Ike Nwachukwu (rtd); Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Zone 2 Command, AIG Adeleke Adeyinka Bode; Olofin of Isheri and Adimula of Aworiland, Ogun State, HRM Oba Sulaiman Adekunle Bamgbade (Ayodele III); Board Member, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Ayo Ogunsan; Executive Secretary/CEO, LSSTF, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun; the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi; Ogun State Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole; Sector Commander, FRSC Lagos Command, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide; Commandant, NSCDC Lagos Command, Commandant Eweka Okoro; DC SCID, Lagos Command, DCP Fayoade Adegoke, Wife of DC Operations, Enugu State Command, DCP Akinbayo Olasoji, Former General Manager of LASTMA, Engr. Jide Oduyoye; Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Mr. Reuben Muoka; Head of Security Access Bank Plc, Mr. Chuks Maha; Principal Partner, Country Hill Attorneys and Solicitors, Mr. Micheal Chika Enyinnaya; CEO Badinson Security, Mr. Matthew Ibadin; CEO Safety Signature LTD, Dr. Gregg Cynthia; MD of Chronicles Softwares Limited, Mr Oluwatosin Koyejo; President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene; HRH Igwe Kelvin; Sarki overall of Alimosho, HRH Ahmed Haruna Kuraja; Director of Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran; Representative of the General Overseer of MFM, Dr. D.K Olukoya; Founder of RAK Foundation and Federal House of Representatives Aspirant, Mr. Bolaji Ogunlende; Head of Corporate Communication, Unity Bank Plc, Mr. Matthew Obiazikwor; Head of Media Relations, Unity Bank, Mr. Jonah Nwokpoku; Representative of the Chairman/CEO, Dangote Group, Mr. Patrick Adaba Jnr.; Management team of SONA group of industries, Management team of LASWA, management team of LACVIS; Group CEO August Eye Limited, Amb. Roy Oamien Okhidievbie; Director of Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service, Engr Akin-George Fashola, ably represented by the Public Relations Officer, Engr Femi Famuyide et al.