Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 August 2012

Nigeria: Sambo - UN House Bombing Costs Less Than Prado Jeep

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo yesterday said the amount of money used by terrorists in bombing the United Nations building in Abuja recently costs less than a Prado jeep. Sambo said this at the graduation ceremony of course 20 participants of the National Defence College Abuja.

"The attacks on the UN building here in Abuja required only a little amount of money to be carried out. All the pains, deaths, sufferings and destructions were inflicted at less than the cost of Prado jeep. "These dangers are still with us. Government security outfits and indeed all Nigerians must be on the watch. Confronting these new threats require new thinking, new approaches, more sophisticated equipment and new ways of doing things.

"Enemies in the past are known, needed great armies, hold territories and openly declare hostilities. In our own case, we do not know the enemy and yet they have proven to be deadly."

A total of 130 participants including 10 military officers from different African countries graduated.

The Commandant of the College Rear Admiral Thomas Lokoson said the College has drafted national security policy based on the recommendation of the National Security Adviser.

He said the College and the National Defence University, Washington conducted an exercise aimed at tackling the Niger Delta and Boko Haram violence. The college will also collaborate with the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Military and the African Union Centre for Research on Terrorism in Algiers.

Minister of State for Defence Erelu Olusola Obada said the 130 graduates have attended various courses which will enable them to "think strategically and critically."

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