Insurgency: Expert tasks NSA on forensic analysis

By Godwin Tyonongu
The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has been urged to adapt forensic analysis system in checkmating activities of high profile insurgency cases.
A renowned security consultant, Mr Max Gbanite, who spoke on the current state of insecurity in the country warned that forensic analysis must be taken seriously by the apex security if they must achieve results.
Gbanite, who described most of the security gadgets procured for use in the country as desolate and substandard, blamed the attitude on greedy individuals who “rush to make money of the expense of national security”.
He disclosed that Nigeria spent about N850 million during the era of the former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mike Ehindero, to procure CCTV cameras, which he confirmed, had not been working in the nation’s capital.

The expert said for sensitive security gadgets to be installed anywhere in the world, technical questions ought to have been asked before embarking on where to install them, whether it was in a conducive environments or not.
He said: “Most of the times, the equipments are substandard. And again, you have to check whether the camera is conducive in the environment you are putting it. A lot of technical questions have to be asked.”

He lamented that the first quarter of the security budget was just recently released by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okwonjo-Iweala, even as he faulted the request by the executive arm of government to secure a $1 billion loan to fight insurgency.
Rather than borrow such amount which, he said, might not serve its purpose, he advised that government should “have money from the excess crude account instead of putting the debacle of borrowing money or have a dedicated fund.”
He recommended what he called psycho-analysis for the internally displaced people (IDP) who had been going through trauma in the hands of the insurgents.

Meanwhile, the federal government yesterday heeded this call by launching the Terror Victim Support Fund to raise about $500 million within a period of 12 months to alleviate the sufferings and deprivation unleashed on Nigerians living in areas most affected by the insurgency.