A security expert, Mr Prosper Okafor, says strong collaboration between government security agencies and private security initiatives is needed to strengthen response to the security challenges in the nation’s capital.
Okafor, who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Capital Territory Enhanced Security, Crime and Accident Prevention programme (FCT ESCAP), made the call while addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday.
He condemned the spate of insecurity in FCT and suggested an unbridled and result oriented approach to contain it.
According to him, the collaboration will ensure optimal performance in the fight against all forms of insecurity affecting the country, particularly the federal capital territory and its environs.
He stressed that security is everybody’s business, adding that engaging private security initiatives like FCT ESCAP would strengthen response to security challenges and diffuse security threats.
He expressed the willingness of private security organisations to partner with the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in intelligence gathering and networking, towards a more secure FCT.
Okafor, who commended Nigeria’s security agencies and operatives for their rapid responses to terrorism and banditry, stressed that a strong synergy with private security outfits would lead to more results.
He pointed out that some of the private security outfits have the needed expertise to tackle insecurity in FCT and other parts of the country, adding, therefore, that private sector participation was key.
“Government cannot do it alone. We need to work together, and we are fully ready and willing to partner with government security agencies to enhance security in our country.
“Like many others, I have the capacity to provide at least intelligent information through my volunteers and members of my organisations, scattered all over the FCT and environs.
“Therefore, all we are asking for is the opportunity to contribute our quota,” he said.