Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, has urged security agencies to continue to step up intelligence capability in containing security challenges facing the nation.
Zulum made the call in Maiduguri on Monday while declaring open the 12th Zonal Conference of State Directors of Department of State Services (DSS) in North East.
Zulum said stepping and scaling up intelligence became necessary in view of the key role of intelligence in containing complex security challenges.
Zulum, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, also tasked security agencies on inter-agency collaboration and synergy for maximum result in thier operations.
“You need to respect each other and work together to achieve the national objective of defence and security,” Zulum said.
The governor, who assured of sustained support of his administration to securty organisations in the state, urged them to continue to operate in line with rules of engagement.
The Chairman of the meeting who is also the Director, DSS in Bauchi State, Mr Hussaini Abdullahi, said the conference brought together security directors within the zone to deliberate on security issues.
Abdullahi said the directors would share experience on identified basic and contemporary security threats affecting the sub-region, as well as adopt practical steps in addressing them.
“At the end of the conference, appropriate resolutions would be proffered to aid further course of action to the Service Commands and other relevant stakeholders, with a view to strengthening existing counter-measures,” Abdullahi said.
Various speakers at the ceremony, including the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai, and heads of various security agencies in Borno, also stressed the need for inter-agency collaboration.
They also lauded the critical roles of DSS in providing actionable intelligence information to various security agencies.