Synergy among security agencies critical to defeating security threats – CAS
Irabor spoke at Jaji, Kaduna State, when he declared open a three-week “Exercise Haske Biyu’’ (Operation Flash II) for Senior Course 43 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC).
The theme of the exercise was “A Joint and Multi-Agency Training on Internal Security and Low Intensity Conflict.’’
The CAS was represented by Director Peace Keeping Operation, Defence Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Henry Ayamasowei.
Irabor explained that the exercise could not have come at a more auspicious period than now, when the country was faced with myriad of security challenges.
“Thus, the importance of collaboration between the military and other law enforcement agencies in defeating these threats cannot be over-emphasised,’’ he said.
He said its objective was to broaden individual and collective knowledge and understanding of military operations other than war, with emphasis on internal security and counter-insurgency operations.
Irabor said in view of the dynamics of global security environment and current national security realities, intelligence and security agencies and other stakeholders had found themselves deployed regularly on internal security operations.
According to the CAS, such deployments require them to carry out an array of operations which involve kinetic and non-kinetic approaches to counter threats posed by predominantly irregular groups.
He said it would allow stakeholders in national security architecture to synergise for the development of sustainable conflict resolution and conflict management mechanisms.
Earlier, the Commandant of the College, AVM Ebenezer Alade, explained that the 2021 edition would focus on the North-West where banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping had become common place.
Alade said that the participants would be required to provide practical and workable solutions to problems associated with internal security and counter-insurgency.
Participants at the training are drawn from the army, navy, air force, police, customs, other paramilitary agencies and the media. (NAN)