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Jos Carnage Exposes Flaws in Nigeria’s Intelligence System

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The recent tragedy in Jos, Plateau State, where over 200 lives were lost, has brought to the forefront the critical issue of intelligence failures in Nigeria. Despite the presence of numerous intelligence outfits with substantial budgets, experts argue that this disaster could have been prevented if the country’s intelligence apparatus had been more effective.

Security experts have criticized agencies including the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Department of State Services (DSS), and others for their shortcomings, leading to continued loss of lives and property nationwide.

Although the military responded to numerous distress calls during the Plateau State crisis, their efforts were insufficient to halt the onslaught. Local authorities reported that over 17 villages were affected, with extensive loss of life and property.

The lack of a claim of responsibility for the attack, commonly attributed to herders, has been linked to intelligence failures. Rear Admiral Henry Babalola (rtd) pointed out significant lapses in monitoring and responding to threats, criticizing the DSS for deviating from its primary intelligence role.

Former DSS Director, Mr. Dennis Amachree, highlighted the land and water resource conflicts as underlying issues, stating the government’s lack of political will to confront these threats effectively.

According to a report by The Guardian, security expert Dr Wilson Esangbedo emphasized the need to identify the root causes of such conflicts and suggested potential state reformation as a solution.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) condemned the massacre and called for an overhaul of security institutions. They criticized the government’s inability to address terrorism and protect citizens effectively.

IGP Kayode Egbetokun has responded to the Plateau crisis with a pledge for a thorough investigation. The police force has deployed additional resources to the state and promises a rigorous approach to restoring peace and order.

This incident has raised serious concerns about Nigeria’s intelligence and security capabilities, underscoring the urgent need for systemic reforms and proactive measures.

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