DSS Tasks citizens on Intelligence to tackle Insecurity
The Department of State Services (DSS), has stated that government and security agencies cannot tackle insecurity in the country without the support of the citizens, especially on intelligence gathering.
The Director General, DSS, Yusuf Bichi have urged Nigerians to rather than point accusing fingers at the security forces, support them to rid the country of all forms of criminality.
The DG who was represented by Peter Afunanya, the Service Spokesperson, made this call on Saturday at the Security and Emergency Awards (SEMA 2020)at the Nicon Luxury hotel Abuja, where the service was conferred award by Emergency Digest, a subsidiary of Image Merchants
“We call in Nigerians to support security agencies and government. Security is no longer for government and security, there is need for collaborative efforts and partnership. You continue to stay in your comfort zone and continue to blame security agencies for all, but the information that the security agencies need have you brought it?
“All those bad people are part of our communities, they live in our neighbourhood, if you know one, tell the security agencies about them. If you have not done all these, its time for us to have a rethink, it’s time for us to have a change of mind to re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals of building a country that is devoid of any kind of insecurity”, he said.
“We call on all Nigerians at home and in the diaspora to support the government and security agencies to achieve the security objectives and have the Nigeria of our dream”, the DG urged.
The DG assured that the service will continue to discharge it’s duties without fear and will not watch elements destabilize the country.
At the awards, Pantami, won the minister of the year, he was honoured for initiatives in cybersecurity and Digital economy.
While DSS was awarded for intelligence service, EFCC was recognised for crime prevention and Airtel for community service.
Other recipients include; NITDA for Corporate Social Responsibility; Nigeria Correctional Service for Crime prevention; Nigerian Customs Service for Public Information; and Neem Foundation for Humanitarian services.
Others are; Emergency Communication Centre for Emergency Management; Kontagora Security Service; Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada and Profile Security Service won the category of Private Security Company.