Abuja — The Defence Intelligence Agency has graduated 30 intelligence officers drawn from seven African countries, who underwent a 12-week programme designed by the United States African Command (AFRICOM) and conducted by instructors from the United States' European Regional Intelligence Training Facility (E-RJITF).
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, of Military Intelligence Basic Officer's Course for Africa-3 (MIBOCA-3 2009), Commandant of the Defence Intelligence School (DIS), Karu, Abuja, Commodore S H Usman said the event marked a milestone in the history of the intelligence sector on the continent.
"Today marks another milestone for the agency's quest to attain the status capable of meeting intelligence training challenges by providing the enabling environment to train intelligence officers in view of the emerging challenges in today's contemporary world."
He said though intelligence practices was as old as mankind, "there is a need to constantly acquire new skill, knowledge and technique so as to be in tune with current realities".
The Special Guest of Honour, Mr. Terry Ford who represented the AFRICOM Commander said the programme has not only set a precedence in partnerships between the region and AFRICOM that gives the sponsors viable opportunity to learn from the group, "but a key component of partnerships to improve security on the continent".
The last two courses were held in Mali. The Intelligence Agency pledged its commitment to meeting the rapidly changing security complexities of the country and the continent at large.
There were 15 participants from Nigeria, two from Burkina Fasso; three each from Senegal and Mali; two from Algeria; four from Chad and one from Tunisia.