NSA tasks security, intelligence agencies with tackling insecurity.

Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), has issued a call to action to all security, intelligence, and related MDAs to ensure the safety of all Nigerians.

On Thursday in Abuja, Ribadu called for the formation of the Anti-Kidnap Fusion Cell during a briefing with service chiefs and agency heads on the proposed cell’s foundation.

Retired Rear Adm. Yaminu Musa, who serves as the National Coordinator for the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), represented the NSA.

Mr. Raphael Towoju of the NCTC-ONSA’s Strategic Communications Department released this information on Thursday in Abuja.

Ribadu remarked that in order to solve the problem of kidnappings for ransom and other similar crimes plaguing the country, all relevant parties must work together.

He stated that in February 2022, as part of ONSA’s concerted efforts to combat the scourge of abduction in Nigeria, the first Security and Defence Partnership dialogue was convened in London between the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

He claims that one of the outcomes of the discussion was an understanding of the necessity of establishing a multi-agency fusion cell dedicated to combating kidnapping risks in the country.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the United Kingdom has organised eight workshops with key stakeholder staff and NCA experts so far.

Ultimately, he added, “a multi-agency writing team was established to contribute to the design of a national anti-kidnapping policy” as a result of the seminars.

Through the High Commissioner, the NSA thanked the United Kingdom for its assistance in Nigeria’s fight against abduction and other crimes.

The kidnapping issue causes trauma to families, British High Commissioner to Nigeria Richard Montgomery stated, thus protecting residents should be the government’s first priority.

Montgomery reaffirmed the UK government’s dedication to carrying out the partnership’s security and defence provisions in their entirety.

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