Chief of Defence Intelligence urges FG to strengthen Regional Intelligence Training Centers

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Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman Chief Defence Intelligence
Air Vice Marshal, Mohammed Usman, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, urged the Federal Government to strengthen and designate Regional Intelligence Training Centres to build military intelligence capacity in the country.

Usman spoke during the 2020 1st Quarter Colloquium and Lecture of the Buratai Center for Contemporary Security Affairs held at Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Benin on Thursday.

The theme of the colloquium is: The Intelligence Support for Counter Insurgency in the Sahel Region of Africa.

“An appropriate military intelligence school in West Africa like the Defence Intelligence College, Abuja could be strengthened and designated as Regional Intelligence Training Center to build military intelligence capacity of the countries of the Lake Chad Region.

“To improve the capacity and capability of each country’s intelligence organisation as well as obtain interoperability  of equipment and communication systems, there is need for joint intelligence training.

“To achieve improved real time intelligence gathering capacity in the Sahel Region, member states could consider joint acquisition of ISR satellites that would operate at sub-regional level, ” Usman said.

Usman was represented by Maj. Gen. Chukwumedu Martins, Deputy Chief of Defense Intelligence.

He said that some of the challenges of intelligence support in counter insurgency operations in the Sahel region included differences in national interest, lack of trust among the countries/non state actors, lack of joint training and doctrines.

Others are inter-agency rivalries within countries, overlap of functions of agencies, lack of equipment and over bearing external influences.

Usman said that measures to counter insurgency in the Sahel region included resolving differences among countries, determining and planning intelligence sharing, full exchange of intelligence, reduction of external influence, joint intelligence training and joint acquisition of ISR satellites.

Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, the Vice Chancellor of IUO, who also spoke at the occasion said the aim of the lecture was to proffer solutions to insurgency in Nigeria.

Maj. Gen. Chukwumedu Martins delivering his Lectures

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