Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP)
has called for an overhaul of the country's intelligence gathering system
alleging such organisations failure to detect threats posed by the Boko Haram.
Among agencies the former ruling party wants President
Muhammadu Buhari to disband include the Department of State Services (DSS).
PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said
findings suggested poor intelligence gathering by the DSS and other relevant agencies was largely
responsible for the resurgence of terrorists in the country.
Secondus said lapses had led to a resurgence of
terrorists, who have earlier been pushed to the precipices in the Sambisa
forest in Borno State, to the extent that they have slipped back into other
cities, including the nation’s capital.
"From all indications, the DSS under the watch of the current Director-
General, Alhaji Lawal Daura, does not seem to be in full grip of the
intelligence situation,” Secondus said.
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PDP blamed this on the flagrant use of the agency for
political assignments since the emergence of the new Director-General.
Secondus said in the last few months, the DSS had
directed all its energies on political matters such as chasing after opposition
elements and interfering in election tribunal activities.
This was at the expense of fighting terrorists.
PDP said the situation with the DSS had become so
pathetic that it could not analyze reported suspicious tweets “predicting the
attacks” in Abuja last Friday.
Scores of people were killed.
“Our nation cannot afford a retrogression from
the gains already made in the fight against terrorism due to the failure of a
disorganized, improperly coordinated and distracted intelligence agency, that
is not able to live up to its billing,” Secondus said.
- CAJ News