Sunday, September 4, 2011

Nigeria Security Agencies: A World of Mutual Suspicion

This Day
1 September 2011

It is a regime of no-love-lost among the nation’s intelligence agencies. This twist came to light last year when President Goodluck Jonathan, as a way of moving fast in responding to the bombing of Mugadishu Barracks, Abuja, directed that funds be released for the procurement of modern security gadgets, including closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to be mounted in Abuja.

THISDAY gathered that the money, as directed by the president, was released for the purpose it was meant, to the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IG). However, the management of the fund became an issue that stoked the in-fighting among the security agencies in the country as its handling by Ringim did not go down well with them.

As a corollary, it was even rumoured within the security circle that intelligence sharing among the agencies suffered some drawbacks at the highest levels. This, it was gathered, might have opened the window for the bombers to successfully carry out their operation on June 16 at the Police Headquarters.

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