The National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno has stated that human intelligence is the most effective instrument to fight insurgency as well as banditry.
Monguno spoke at the weekend in Abuja at the presentation of a report on ‘Terrorism and Banditry: The Nexus’ by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF)
The retired Major General said the evolvement of the 21st century made tackling insecurity more difficult.
Monguno noted that intelligence of different kinds, such as human, technical, cyber, as well as human intelligence derived from communities remained the most important.
“As long as an agent of government decides to franchise or eliminate the agent of community; you are depriving yourself of the most important oxygen – the intelligence from locals”, he said.
The NSA said what Nigeria needed to do in tackling security challenges; was to learn from the experience of developed countries.
“No matter how much you spend on defence forces, if you lack the relevant intelligence; you will just be like three blind men operating in a dark environment.”
He added that intelligence is in various layers but must be fused and acted upon timely.
A former Director at the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor urged the government to improve the capacity of security agencies and deal with bad eggs among them.
Meanwhile, Jigawa State is poised to expand its existing cattle grazing reserves, Gov. Muhammad Badaru has said.
The assurance is contained in a statement issued in Dutse on Saturday, September 11; by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Alhaji Habibu Kila.
Kila said Badaru gave the assurance when he received the Jigawa state’s Chairman of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore; a socio-cultural and economic organisation, Alhaji Umar Kabir, in Dutse on Friday.
“As a result of our recent working tour to The Netherlands; plans are underway to expand the existing cattle routes and grazing reserves; which will provide enough all-year grass for nomads,’’ the Jigawa governor said.