8 June 2012

Nigeria: FG Established Defence Sections in Bamako and Niamey

The Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj.-Gen Sani Audu, said in Abuja on Friday that the Federal Government had established two new defence sections in Bamako and Niamey.

Audu announced this at the graduation of Defence Advisers (DA)/Deputy Defence Advisers (DDA) Initial Training and the Security Investigation and Interrogation Course at the Defence Intelligence School, Karu.

He said the sections were established because of the emerging global trend of terrorism and the sub regional security challenge.

"The sections, among other things, would provide adequate intelligence on the activities of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). "While the general objectives of the Defence Adviser system remained largely unchanged, the same cannot be said of the environment in which you are operating," he said.

The CDI told the officers to apply all that they had learnt during the training when they returned to their duty posts. According to him, in the past, DAs and DDAs take up their appointments without the prerequisite knowledge from the initial training, thus making their reports ineffective and their outputs inadequate.

"Gentlemen, let your own stories be different. I gleaned from the feedback that the course has been most beneficial. You must not rest on your oars." Earlier, the Commandant of the College, Commodore Adekunle Olawunmi, said intelligence was and would remain a vital input to statecraft.

Olawunmi said accurate and timely intelligence could only be assured when the producer had the required skills, knowledge and attitude. One of the participants in the course, Maj.-Gen John Ogidi, Defence Adviser in London, said the training would aid them to do their job effectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the DAs and DDAs course which commenced on May 20 had 38 participants, while the security Investigation and Interrogation course, which commenced on April 16 and had 15 participants.

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