The Guardian (Nigeria)

Reform of legal regulatory frameworks crucial to improved security, says NILDS

- By Edu Abade Read the remaining part of this story on www. guardian. ng

HE National Institute for Legislativ­e and Democratic Studies ( NILDS), at the weekend, said poor understand­ing and management of overlappin­g mandates hinder adequate response to insecurity in the country.

Director- General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, disclosed this in his opening remarks at the retreat for the leadership and security committees of the House of Representa­tives in Lagos.

Sulaiman said findings by the NILDS, which would be presented at the retreat, showed that despite the perennial and often cited problems of security agencies such as insufficie­nt funding, lack of military hardware and absence of robust intelligen­ce gathering, the lack of synergy among security agencies was a major setback.

He explained that the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast, banditry and kidnapping­s in the

Northwest, farmer- herder clashes and crime in the North Central and re- emergence of secessioni­st groups in the South have challenged the fabric of Nigeria and the security architectu­re, making it imperative for collaborat­ive structures to address them.

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