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2/03/2018

HERDSMEN/FARMERS CRISIS: WAZIRI TASKS SECURITY AGENCIES ON INTELLIGENCE GATHERING

HERDSMEN/FARMERS CRISIS: WAZIRI TASKS SECURITY AGENCIES ON INTELLIGENCE GATHERING
The Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and Founder of Women Youths Children and Crime Organisation, WYCCO, a Non Governmental Organisation, Dr. (Mrs. ) Farida Waziri has urged Nigeria’s security apparatus to complement their efforts at tackling security challenges in the country by investing in and deploying relevant technologies to effectively confront the menace. EFCC Chairman, Farida Waziri spoke, weekend, in Makurdi the Benue state capital where she led other officials of WYCCO to donate relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons,

IDPs, in the state. The former EFCC boss commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom, the people of the state and victims of the recent killings in parts of the state. She said “what we are here doing today is to identify with the people of Benue, especially families of the victims and the displaced by bringing succor through essential relief materials to the various IDPs camps in the state as a complement to what governments at different levels and other concerned persons and groups have been doing.” While noting that her NGO was committed to rendering humanitarian services to victims of violence and advocacy against violent attacks especially against the vulnerable in the society. Continuing, Mrs. Waziri said “for us at WYCCO, we take inspiration from the statement of a former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill who once said ‘you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” According to her “Bringing relief materials to support and assist the victims of violent attacks can only be a temporary measure. “A long lasting solution is for the various security agencies to rise to the challenge of their constitutional responsibility of securing lives and property of citizens; farmers and herdsmen alike, wherever they find themselves in any part of the country, through preventive measures. Prevention, they say, is better than cure.

“A life lost can never be regained, no matter what we do thereafter. That this is happening too early in a year of political campaigns should get us thinking and looking beyond surface evaluation. “As such, I will seize this opportunity to challenge our security agencies to look in the direction of employing scientific and technological means of intelligence gathering rather than relying wholly on human intelligence. “In this age and time, technology will reveal large movement of people towards any particular direction, provide clues to their motives and give a headway on how to nip any crime in the bud. “This way, atrocities like the recent killings not only in Benue but in other parts of the country can be prevented. In essence, we should invest in technology and use same to fight crime. “From experience, I know this is achievable because as Chairman of EFCC, I had to, at a point, seek help to develop a software we call ‘Eagle Claw’ to track scam letters going out of and coming into Nigeria.

“Through this, several scammers were nabbed in the act and hundreds of potential victims were saved and millions of dollars stopped from going into the hands of criminal gangs.” She urged the victims, their friends and relations to take solace in God and shelve any thought of reprisal. “Let me also appeal to our people to embrace all peace initiatives and shun any idea of reprisal because reprisal begets reprisal. It is a vicious circle that blows no one any good”, she stressed. She expressed appreciation to the Oba of Lagos and former Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith, who is the patron of WYCCO for their support towards the initiative.

“I want to specially thank all our friends and partners who travelled from Abuja, Lagos and other places to support this effort, as well as those who gave material and/or monetary donations to support our course. “Let me specially thank the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Babatunde Akiolu and my former boss, the former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Musiliu Smith, who incidentally is the Patron of WYCCO. We are indeed grateful. “The support from our friends in Lagos where I worked for 25 years and had my children, has been enormous. We will never forget them.” she added.



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