Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, said, yesterday, that inter-agency rivalry and envy were fuelling insecurity in the country.
He also asked state commandants to key into his vision of repositioning the corps for greater service delivery or take the exit route.
The NSCDC commandant spoke as the convoy of the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril Mai Gwari II, was on Tuesday evening attacked by bandits along the Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari highway, riddling one of the vehicles with bullets.
This is even as gunmen suspected to be bandits early yesterday, invaded Jargaba village in Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing a man, identified as Ibrahim Kwatahi, and abducting two of his children.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, yesterday, set up a high-powered committee to brainstorm on the security situation in the country and articulate solutions that would be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari, according to the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Audi, who spoke, yesterday, in Abuja at the opening of a two-day training workshop on adopting best practices in Law Enforcement, Human Rights, Inter-Agency Collaboration, Leadership and Conflict Management for State Commandants of the Corps, organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung KAS, advocated more synergy among security agencies.
Noting that there was need to eschew rivalry and envy among security agencies in the fight against insecurity, the NSCDC C-G said: “The increasing rate of armed conflict occasioned by banditry, kidnapping, farmers/herders clashes, vandalism, community clashes, ethno-religious crisis, among others, makes it imperative to explore opportunities provided by the workshops of this nature towards addressing and finding lasting solutions.
“To this end, there is need for multi-agency approach through effective collaboration in the exchange of vital security information and intelligence. In addition, security agencies need to work as a team and harness one another’s core competence to build a formidable team to face these challenges head on.
“It is clear from the foregoing that security agencies need to avoid unnecessary rivalry and envy to forge a common front to secure our nation.”
He also said bandits operating in Nigeria had foreign sponsors, noting that the country was witnessing an asymmetric war that required inter-agency collaboration among security agencies.
He said: “Following how events are unfolding in the country, we are experiencing a serious conflict that I think in the history of Nigeria, this is about the first conflict that will give us a serious problem and the conflict is called asymmetric war.
“We have had in the past some semblance of this type of war but the proper manifestation of it is the one we are seeing now and asymmetric war is a war that requires all hands to be on deck if we really want to deal with it and nip it in the bud.
“These guys are serious; these guys have international sponsors, so we need to come together.”
Audi, therefore, called on security agencies to avoid rivalry and what he described as service supremacy which, according to him, is a major challenge to collaboration needed to win the war against banditry.
He, however, assured that the NSCDC was working hard to rid the country of increased violence.
Country Representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Dr. Vladimir Kreck, said the German organisation had been partnering with the NSCDC since 2013 to organize seminars, workshops and training programmes aimed at fostering inter-agency collaboration and promoting civil-military relations.