By Henry Oladele
Nigerian security agencies have resolved to forge a common front to tackle intolerance, rivalry, bickering and violent confrontation in Lagos.
At a meeting in Lagos State Thursday, the security operatives declared that such vices had in many cases resulted in brawls and violent confrontations among officers.
The News Agency reports that the multi-agency solidarity meeting was hosted by the Nigerian army in Lagos.
It was attended by the navy, air force, police and other paramilitary high commands in Lagos State.
In his remarks, the GOC of 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, said the agencies came together to end incessant bickering and animosities among the operatives.
He said that the media had been awash with stories of how lower rank personnel engaged one another in physical combats, adding that the platform would change the story for a better one.
“We are declaring zero tolerance for all acts of inter-service/inter-agency rivalries, wrangling, bickering, animosities, brawls and violent confrontations.
“Especially in the short term, we may not be able to guarantee that such isolated issues will no longer arise, but if and when they do arise, we must ensure that such issues are expeditiously investigated.
“Anyone found culpable is tried and punished adequately to serve as deterrence to similar occurrences in the future,” he said.
The GOC urged all security agencies to preach brotherhood, friendship, synergy, cooperation and collaboration with one another so as to eliminate obstacles to good inter-service and inter-agency relations.
“I therefore implore all of us to hurriedly take this message of good inter- service / inter-agency synergy, cooperation and collaboration down to the very last man within our ranks and files.
“This platform is to promote inter-service synergy, cooperation and collaboration as well as give backups where necessary.”
He said they were ushering in a new era of inter-service synergy and collaboration in Lagos state.
“We are rightly and consciously bidding goodbye to all negative issues that constitute the bane of good and efficacious of inter service/agency relations in this state,” he said.
According to him, security agencies are equal stakeholders, adding that every agency was established to deliver certain mandates that ultimately border on the security of our nation.
“You will agree with me that these negativity in our relationship with each other as service and security agencies served no useful purpose other than to derail and cause us to stumble.
“We can only succeed better if we share information and intelligence with each other and even provide back up for each other, rather than trying to undermine each other,” he said.
He urged everyone to henceforth take measures that would help promote good inter service and agency relations.
Present at the meeting were Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sylvanus Abbah; Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Nigerian Airforce, AVM Nnamdi Ekeh; and Zone 2 Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim.
Top officials of the Department of State Service, FRSC, Prisons, LASTMA, LASEMA, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Coprs (NSCDC) and Fire Service were also in attendance.