Nigeria’s insecurity cannot be solved by negotiating with criminals - Retired army general

Nigeria’s insecurity cannot be solved by negotiating with criminals - Retired army general

- Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe disapproved of the practice of swapping criminals in exchange for kidnapped victims

- The retired army officer also said there is a need for negotiation, security agencies must be involved so as to get the desired results

- Esekhaigbe, among other recommendation, said intelligence sharing among the security agencies will go a long way in nipping criminalities in the bud

Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe, a retired officer of the Nigerian Army, has condemned the practice of swapping criminals in exchange for kidnapped victims.

He also spoke against negotiating with criminals as a means of addressing the security challenges confronting the nation.

However, Esekhaigbe told Channels TV on Monday, October 7, that negotiating with criminals, if necessary, must be handled by security experts.

The retired officer said there was a need for security agencies to cooperate and collaborate to find lasting solutions to the security challenges.

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He noted that sharing and utilizing intelligence can help to curb the spate of criminal activities bedevilling the country such as kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, terrorism and others.

Esekhaigbe also advised that state governors, when having dialogues with criminals, should involve security agencies so as to get the desired results.

He said the governors’ move of having peaceful dialogues with criminal elements is a good initiative but must be handled well by getting the security and intelligence agencies involved.

“If you (as a governor) just do it on your own and showcase that you are doing something in your case, it’s a vicious cycle. You get these guys released, they get money from you and that money they use it to equip themselves more and the crime continues," he said.

Esekhaigbe also called on the federal government to work on improving the funding and training of the Nigeria police.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its air component of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) neutralised no fewer than 10 bandits at forests near Birnin Gwari and Janko Hill in Kaduna.

NAF director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the operation was conducted on Saturday, October 5.

Daramola explained that the attack on the bandits was undertaken when a NAF helicopter on armed reconnaissance mission over the Birnin Gwari general area spotted several bandits at the location and engaged them with its guns killing some of them. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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