Security Agencies have called for better understanding of populace in the ongoing efforts to protect lives and property in the country, adding that there have been tremendous improvement in the war against terrorists and other criminal elements in the country.
The call was made at the end of the monthly meeting of Forum of Spokespersons in Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) in Lagos, where it also had interactive session with leadership of Nigeria Guild of Editors on security situation in the country.
The Director Defence Information who is also the Chairman of the forum, Major General Chris Olukolade said that: “There have been a greater improvement in inter-agencies as
well as civil-military relationships which have contributed immensely in various operations to protect lives and property. We encourage communities to provide prompt and actionable intelligence to security forces that could lead to the capture of violent extremists and their weapons.
“In the last one month, the Nigerian troops have penetrated most of the hideouts of
terrorists in the North-Eastern part of the country, especially some locations they had childishlessly carved out for themselves as new republic. The insurgents have been on the run and we will continue to pursue them.”
While commending the improved working relationship with the media, the forum urged the media practitioners to be wary of individuals and groups who may inadvertently use freedom of expression to engage in inflammatory statements and reckless remarks that could undermine the integrity of security agencies as well as jeopardise military operations.
While the military offensive is being sustained to flush out terrorists from their hideouts in Nigeria, the forum commended the government’s initiative of soft approach to counter terrorism as preventive measures to dissuade youths from taking into bad habit that could aggravate insecurity in the land.
The forum also observed the fair reportage on the activities of security agencies, especially the Police, State Security Service (SSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in apprehending criminal elements. They also reviewed media coverage of operations of response agencies, especially Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), National Emergency Management Agencies (NEMA) and Fire Services on their efforts in addressing the plights of victims of disasters.
During the meeting the forum also held an interactive session with the leadership of
Nigeria Guild of Editor, led by Mr. Femi Adeshina, who commended the establishment of the forum and urged them to be prompt in responding to media enquiries on security issues.
The Forum of Spokespersons in Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) under the auspices of Office of National Security Adviser coordinates public information activities of armed forces, security and response agencies in Nigeria.