The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, has emphasized the need for a unified approach to national security just as she called for broad societal involvement in formulating security strategies in the country.

Receiving members of the Technical Committee on Strengthening Security in Nigeria led by Major General Abdulmalik Jibrin (rtd) at the Ministry of Police Affairs headquarters in Abuja, she urged the committee to engage with local communities to enable grassroots participation in security strategies.

The minister, according to a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations in the ministry, Bolaji Kazeem, commended the committee’s clarity of purpose and pledged unwavering support for its policy implementation and reform efforts.

Sulaiman-Ibrahim tasked the committee to identify essential technologies and craft an integrated security solution for Nigeria security that would enhance the capacity of agencies charged with the responsibility of protecting lives and property in the country.

She said: “The visit to the Ministry of Police Affairs underscores its pivotal role as a major stakeholder in national security. I am reaffirming my commitment to support the committee’s endeavors toward policy implementation and comprehensive security reforms for the country.”

Earlier, the leader of the committee informed the minister that the committee’s major role is to facilitate the acquisition of technical equipment and capacity development for the security agencies especially the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.

“The committee was convened under the directive of President Bola Ahmad Tinubu, GCFR to address escalating security concerns in the country and aims to bridge existing gaps through technology-driven initiatives. The committee comprises representatives from key entities, including the Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Communications, Nigerian Police Force, Ministry of Police Affairs, the Armed Forces etc,” General Jibrin said.

In a related development, Sulaiman-Ibrahim led the charge for cybersecurity at the closing of the 10th Africa Working Group on Cybercrimes for Heads of Units, emphasizing Africa’s unified stance against cyber threats, with over 120 participants from 54 nations.

In her remarks, the minister underscored the necessity for collective resolve, evident throughout the conference, and reaffirmed the commitment to safeguarding Africa’s digital landscape.

“Together, we can shape Africa’s cyber resilience, and united, we will overcome the challenges posed by cybercrime. Let our actions resonate louder than words as we progress towards a future where Africa excels in cybersecurity,” she said.

Nigerian Govt harps on unified approach to national security

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