Army, police agree on joint security operations
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.