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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ekhomu urges intelligence officials to proactively prevent terrorists attacks

A renowned security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has advised Nigerian intelligence officials to focus on providing reliable warnings of impending terror attacks in order to save the lives of citizens from incessant bombings, militant attacks and other mass fatality events.

Speaking at the joint graduation ceremony of 77 intelligence officers at the Nigerian Air Force School of Air Intelligence Makurdi, Benue State, recently, Ekhomu who is the Chairman of the School of Management and Security said “this is a new day, and new page as you write the history of your life and your service to the nation. I have seen excellence on display here - certainly, in the intelligence analysis course.”

He said that while intelligence gathering was extremely necessary and important, robust intelligence analysis remained the cornerstone of good operational decision-making as analysts could ‘predict’ terror attacks with some degree of certainty.

Ekhomu stressed that as intelligence analysts, “You guys worked very hard with high level concepts and were able to conquer.  That denotes the quality of personnel and the quality of training that is available here in the Nigerian Air Force and most especially the passion that you have for service to the nation”.

He said that since intelligence analysis was important in averting “surprises” by the enemy, clandestine operatives and intelligence analysts must redouble their efforts to prevent attacks by terrorists by uncovering their plans and plots “thereby averting  intelligence failures”.

In his remarks, the Director of Air Intelligence, Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Usman said the “graduating intelligence Analysis Course Q1/2016 should realize that this course is aimed at equipping them for higher intelligence operations, as intelligence analysis is the hub of intelligence operations”.

The intelligence Chief urged the graduates of the Intermediate Intelligence Course (IIC) and the Basic Intelligence Course (BIC) to enhance the intelligence gathering efforts of the Nigerian Air Force.  He said that the current internal security situation in Nigeria has led to an “increased demand for organic intelligence gathering capabilities for the armed forces”.

Addressing the graduates, the Commandant of the Nigerian Air Force School of Air Intelligence, Group Capt. Raymond Nwankwo said the training was aimed at boosting the capacity of the graduants.

He emphasized that through capacity-building, the nation’s security challenges such as insurgency and terrorism would be successfully combated.

The Commandant stated that the introduction of Intelligence Analysis training into the School’s curricular was to ensure optimum performance of intelligence.

The graduation ceremony combined three classes – the Intelligence Analysis Course, the Intermediate Intelligence Course and Basic Intelligence Course.

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