NSA orders Nigerian security agencies to keep digital data of terrorism offenders
Nigerian law enforcement agencies have been directed to restructure their crime registry so that vital information about offenders are stored digitally under a new counter terrorism plan in the country.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Office of National Security Adviser”]ONSA has said that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency that manage the country’s identity programmes will play a vital role in ensuring that all Nigerians are identified through biometric data capture with the introduction of the new electronic identity card. [/blockquote]
According to counter terrorism document plans by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) reviewed by Technology Times, the digital database of terror offenders is one of the key highlight of the newly introduced strategies by the intelligence community in Nigeria to win the war against terrorism in the country.
ONSA says it is making inroads into the relatively newer space of terrorism because the security agency has responsibility to support protection of crowded spaces, hazardous and potentially vulnerable or at risk sites, as well as offering advice on a range of threats and dangerous substances.
ONSA’s National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) focuses on key points including increasing the capacity of government institutions and relevant agencies in handling extremists. The strategy was developed to offer a key blueprint for law enforcement agencies to combat terrorists.
ONSA has said that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency that manage the country’s identity programmes, will play a vital role in ensuring that all Nigerians are identified through biometric data capture with the introduction of the new electronic identity card.
According to the 48-page document obtained by Technology Times, the ONSA has also directed the widespread deployment of close circuit television (CCTV) to be used for traffic and crime management.
ONSA reckons that the effectiveness of the CCTV would depend on availability of credible and reliable database that will aid prompt verification of traffic offenders and criminals by security agencies.
Under the plan, such CCTVs should be linked with the Federal Road Safety Corp and the Nigeria Police electronic data for the purpose of verification and investigation, ONSA said.
Nigeria has witnessed some major terror attacks in the last couple of years.
According to the document on National counter terrorism strategy by the Office of the National Security Adviser obtained by Technology Times, some of the major terror attacks witnessed in Nigeria from 2010 till date include the underlisted incidents:
- 1 October 2010 – VBIED attack in Eagle Square, Abuja.
- 31 December 2010 –Bomb Blast at Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja.
- 16 June 2011 – Bombing of police Force Headquarters in Abuja.
- 26 August 2011 – UN building bombing in Abuja.
- 22 January 2012 –Multiple bomb explosions and attacks in Kano on police facilities and security Agency office: death toll two hundred and fifteen.
- 8 March 201- British and Italian hostages killed in foiled rescue attempt in Sokoto;
- 2 November 2012- Boko Haram activist killed Maj Gen. Mamman Shuwa(rtd) at his home in Maiduguri.
- 19 January 2013- Five are killed in an attack on the convoy of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero in Kano
- 17 Febuary 2013 – Seven foreigners, a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and 4 Lebanese workers including 2 women and a policeman, kidnapped at a construction company,Setraco, in Bauchi.
- 19 February 2013 – Boko Haram Kidnapped 7 French family members in northern Cameroon
- 7 May 2013 – Unprecedented onslaught in Bama by suspected Boko Haram members resulted in the death of 64 persons including 3 soldiers,22 policemen, 14 Prison officers and 21 Boko Haram members.
- 6 July 2013 – Twenty four school children, a Teacher and an Islamic Preacher killed when gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members attack Government Secondary School Mamudo,Yobe State.
- 1 October 2013 – Boko Haram militant murdered about 50 students of the Yobe State College of Agriculture, Gujba,Yobe State when they invaded the student hostel in the Night.
- 2 December 2013- Coordinated attacks by Boko Haram suspect on Nigeria Air Force Base and 333 Artillery Regiment of the Nigeria Army in Maiduguri. Five aircraft including 3 decommissioned military aircraft and 2 helicopter were destroyed. Two Air Force personnel were injured while 24 suspected members of the sect were killed.
- 25 February 2014- Boko Haram militant attack Giwa Barracks Maiduguri, Borno State, freeing a number of detained militant.
- 14 April 2014 – Nyanyan Bus Park Vehicle Borne IED attack by Boko Haram suspects killing 76 people and injuring 165 others
- 15 April 2014 – Boko Haram militants kidnapped over two hundred students of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State.