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Insecurity: CCC seeks support for Nigerian security agencies

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The Centre for Crisis Communication, CCC, has appealed to Nigerians to continue to support the security agencies in their bid to rid the country of its security challenges.

The Centre also called on media organisations to partner with security agencies towards a better-informed society.

The Executive-Secretary of the Centre, Yusuf Anas, made the appeal on Tuesday while speaking during a meeting of the Forum of Spokesperson of Security and Response Agency, FOSSRA, in Abuja.

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The Centre is a brainchild of FOSSRA and the Secretariat of the forum with 17 military, security, intelligence and response agencies as members.

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Mr Anas, who is a retired air-commodore, stressed that for the security agencies to succeed, Nigerians must support them by providing useful information and exposing criminal elements and their activities in various communities.

While appraising the current security situation in the country, Mr Anas commended security agencies for doing their best to address the challenges facing the country.

He, however, stressed the need for FOSSRA to further strengthen the aspects of communicating useful information to the public as well as mobilise citizens to support the quest for finding lasting solutions to the challenges.

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Mr Anas, therefore, advised Nigerians to avoid being used by unscrupulous elements to engage in violent protests, circulation of fake news and other divisive tendencies against a united and peaceful Nigeria.

He also advised the security agencies to remain focused in their call to serve the nation, emphasising the need for the agencies to work together for enhanced operations.

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He also called on security spokespersons to sustain their inter-agency collaborations on information management, especially through their forum.

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According to him, FOSSRA has the capacity to serve both strategic and operational purposes considering the critical role of information management in the success or otherwise of any security or intelligence operations.

He said the FOSSRA fits into the strategic communication inter-agency policy and coordination to ensure synchronization and implementation of strategic communication plans which is coming up soon.

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