Insecurity: New intelligence gathering paramilitary emerges
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
AS a result of difficulty on effective management of disaster, restiveness and accident situations in Nigeria, a new Para-military outfit, known as Citizens for Peace and First Aid Mission of Nigeria (CPFMN) has been established for the purpose of intelligence gathering across the country.
This was disclosed yesterday in Kaduna during the decoration of Mohammed Abdullahi Aliyu, Hindatu Abdulwahab and Adamu Musa, all of Sokoto Command.
Briefing newsmen on the need for establishment of the outfit despite having a lot of government agencies saddled with the responsibility of managing crisis, National Grand Commander General, Dr. Dominic Ikoh Ogoh, said their modus operandi is different as they penetrate through grassroots to gather intelligence and later feed the Police, Army and other security operatives which has been yielding results.
According to him, they usually recruit through the community District heads within the 20 states they are currently operating, train them and send back to the grassroots for intelligence gathering.
According to him, “It is not that we are just starting today, we were initially covering four states but we are now in 20 states. What we do basically is to furnish Police, Military and other security institutions with intelligence which have been very helpful in making some of the arrest you hear about.
“The issue of security is very paramount in terms of internal growth and economic development of the country as a whole. We observed that there is a lot of security issues in the country particularly up North here and we have decided to come in with our military experience to see how we can help the federal and state governments reduce to a barest minima the lingering issue of security.
“Some people, many of whom foment trouble don’t even know who gave birth to them. So we gather all these details and sometimes reunite some them with their families.
“We do recruit people from security related endeavour through the district heads who known them inside out. After training them, we then send them back to the grassroots where they know better than policemen and other security operatives. They live among these communities and we know that is the type of service the country needed today.
“We go every nooks and crannies to identify who is who. We have been very supportive to NPF, NAF, NAVY including the surveillance and intelligence.
“With our experience in the military, because I grew to the rank of Senior Major. So our aims including to constitute a most reliable support-outfit in rescue and peace missions in Nigeria whose operations will be based on close professional relationship with the range of existing government and private organizations whose activities touch on rescue operations and the facilitation of peace.
On how the outfit will be financed since it is a not profit making, he said, “through proper planning, we can sustain it. We have the opportunity to recruit people with a minimum fee. Some of us are on pension and we are now depending on Wilshire of what the government has done for us. We don’t keep money anywhere but we believe that whatever we do, god will reward us,” he stated.
He however sought the support of members of the public while carrying out their safety mission.
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