Army, po­lice agree on joint se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Bu­ratai, yes­ter­day de­clared sup­port for a plan by the Act­ing In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to set up Joint Oper­a­tion Cen­tres (JOCs) across the coun­try.

Bu­ratai spoke yes­ter­day when he re­ceived Idris dur­ing a cour­tesy visit at the Army Head­quar­ters in Abuja.

“The Joint Op­er­a­tions Cen­tres is a very good con­cept. If pur­sued, we are go­ing to have ef­fec­tive op­er­a­tions that will pro­duce very, very ef­fec­tive re­sults in pur­suance of na­tional se­cu­rity and de­fence,” Bu­ratai said.

He said the cen­tres should have rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Force Head­quar­ters and state com­mand head­quar­ters, which is vi­tal in the co­or­di­na­tion ef­forts.

“It is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment and the army will join you, even to­day, we have of­fi­cers ready and trained to work with you to en­sure that our op­er­a­tions are co­or­di­nated. We are go­ing to give you full sup­port, we all know that the po­lice are the lead agency in in­ter­nal se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions, this is rec­og­nized by the Nige­rian Army and we will con­tinue to of var­i­ous se­cu­rity give you sup­port,” he added.

IGP Idris had dis­closed plans to es­tab­lish Joint Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre at the head­quar­ters of po­lice com­mands in the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion.

He noted that the cen­tres would en­hance con­tin­u­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion and di­a­logue with the army and other se­cu­rity agen­cies on a daily ba­sis to ad­dress se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the coun­try.

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