How Poor Inter-Agency Collaboration Undermines Security Efforts In Nigeria _Professor of Criminology


A Professor of Criminology, Victimology and Security Studies, Prof. Oludayo Tade has identified the dearth of inter-agency collaboration among Nigeria’s security institutions as a major factor militating against effective conflict resolution and security management in Nigeria.

The don made this submission during a faculty lecture titled ‘Can Two Walk Together Except They Agree?’, which held at the Lead, City University, Ibadan.

The university don noted that the synergy and cooperation exhibited by criminals; burglars, kidnappers, pipeline vandalists and others is incredible especially when such traits is not a principle in the operation between and among operatives of the Nigerian Army, the Police, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Commissioner (NSCDC), Nigerian Customs, Immigration amongst others.

He added that research has identified this cooperative tendency as the success factor in the operation of criminal elements while it has been the bane of security progress and crime fighting in Nigeria.

Prof. Tade said; “Available evidence indicates that poor inter-agency collaboration among Nigeria’s security institutions is one of the major factors militating against effective conflict resolution and security management in Nigeria. The consequence of not working effectively together culminates in an increasing fear of insecurity and diminished trust in the capabilities of the security system to protect the lives and properties of civilian populations across Nigeria in general and terror-intensive zones in particular.

” The 2023 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) places Nigeria in the right position of countries worst hit by the negative outcome of terrorists’ activities. From Boko Haram in the Northeast, banditry and criminal kidnapping in the Northwest, secessionist agitations in 5he Southeast, South-south and Southwest, the security system im Nigeria is practically overstretched. In this case, only the working together of these units that make up Nigeria’s security system will de-escalate conflict and neutralize security threats through complimentary operations and credible intelligence sharing, among others.”

Stressing further the impact of the disunity in operation, the don identified a supremacy battle among the agencies in Nigeria’s security ecosystem as an influence in the partitioning of their operations.

He added that strained relationships at security organizational levels manifest in overt display of violence against one another in public.

He concluded the lecture by recommending political decision as a solution to inter-agency security cooperation.

He emphasized this with explanations on closing of ranks and elimination of rivalry among security agencies, a joint ownership of successes and failures recorded at joint operations, mutual respect among security agents and improvement in the security and welfare of security personnel throughout the country.

The registrar of Lead City University, Dr Oyebola Ayeni on behalf of the Vice Chancellor , Prof. kabir A. Adeyemo and the entire university commended the lecturer for a job well done, saying that the institution is proud to benefit from his wealth of experience.


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