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Akiolu urges security forces to unite against terror

07 August 2014, 19:50

Abuja - The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has urged security agencies to improve collaborations and explore synergies in the fight against terror.

He expressed concern at the alleged rivalry among the security forces.

According to the monarch, national security is an issue that affects everyone and as such, all Nigerians must take it more seriously especially now that the country is facing challenges.

"On my part, I will ensure that I contribute my quota in making Nigeria a safer place. Being a former General (of Police), I don’t take security matters lightly. In fact, there are times I pick my phone and inform senior security officials of any useful intelligence at my disposal,” Akiolu said following a meeting with the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA).

He commended the FOSSRA for its regular dissemination of information, urging it not to relent in its duty of keeping the citizenry updated on security and emergency situations.

“The forum has been doing well and I encourage it to keep the flag flying."

FOSSRA officials said the body had resolved to improve inter-agency collaboration towards efficiency in security operations and better information management in the country.

The Chairman of the Forum, Chris Olukolade, led the delegation to a meeting with Akiolu.

“We now have better inter-agencies cooperation, greater improvement in civil-military relationships, which have contributed immensely in various operations to protect lives and property,” said Olukolade.

FOSSRA is a body under the auspices of Office of National Security Adviser that coordinates public information activities of armed forces, security and response agencies.

Its members are spokespersons of military, security and response agencies as well as special paramilitary outfits in Nigeria.

They include Defence Headquarters, Army, Airforce, Navy, Police, State Security Service, Office of National Security Adviser, National Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Commission, Nigeria Prison Service, National Immigration Service, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) National Emergency Management Agencies (NEMA) and Fire Service.

- CAJ News


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