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PDP demands reform of intelligence services

06 October 2015, 07:49Augustine Osayande

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.

Also Read: Thousands of PDP members defect to APC in Kogi

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


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