Terrorism: Experts want security agencies to be more proactive
Security experts on Wednesday called on Nigerian security agencies to be more proactive to effectively tackle terrorism and other security challenges in the country.
They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a seminar on Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear Explosives (CBRNE) detection technologies and equipment in Abuja.
The seminar was organised in collaboration with Easy Build Nigeria, a security consultancy firm and FLIR Inc. of U.S.
Mr Michael Philips, Director, International sales of FLIR Inc., U.S., said that security agencies must be well equipped with modern equipment and proactive to nip security threats in the bud.
He said that the equipment displayed at the seminar would help the Nigerian government to combat terrorism and other security challenges.
“The equipment detection system will help combat terrorism in Nigeria,“he said.
He said that state-of-the-art security equipment was required to effectively check activities of terrorists.
“It is very good to use portable handheld devices to arrest the culprits before the actually hit their targets.
“I think with the right tools security agencies will do a better job in apprehending the terrorists,“he said.
Mr Kachi Abaribe, President/CEO of Easy Build Nig., said that security agencies must be a step ahead of criminal elements through acquiring state-of-the-art devices.
“We don’t have to be reactive, we have to be proactive and to be a step ahead of anyone out there plotting do harm to us,“Abaribe said.
He said that Nigeria had all it took to produce equipment needed to tackle security challenges in the country.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of response on the part of the Federal Government.
“The participants at the seminar today cover all the security agencies in the country which shows the level of importance and interest attached to it,“he said.
Abaribe said that the seminar which was being held in Africa for the first time would be held annually to afford Nigerians the opportunity to acquire the equipment.
He advised security agencies and Nigerians to be proactive and vigilant as emerging security threats were common.
“Some people are out there plotting, we have to be vigilant, if you see anything that is not right let the security agencies know immediately,“he said.
He said that there was a need for enhanced national support to tackle security threats in the country.
Abaribe also urged Nigerians to take active part in security matters by availing security agencies useful information.
Items displayed at the seminar included, explosive detector, handheld explosives trace detector and spectroscopic personal radiation detector.
Others are: high resolution radiation detection and identification, human potable radiation device and handheld radionuclide identification device.
Participants at the seminar included the Army, Navy, Police, NSCDC, aviation security officials and NEMA.
NAN reports that FLIR is a leader in the detection, classification and analysis of vast spectrum
Source – DailyTrust