Nigeria’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, has said the Federal Government needs to look into the 2014 National Conference report to work out a cordial relationship between the army and the police in internal security operations.
Gambari said the killing of three policemen and one civilian by soldiers in Ibi, Taraba State, was a scenario that should not recur.
The former UN representative stated these in Abuja on Tuesday at a security summit organised by the Nigerian Army Resource Centre and the New Partnership for African Development, where he was chairman.
The theme of the summit was ‘Terrorism, Insurgency, and Incidence of Electoral Violence in Nigeria: The Role of Security Agencies.’
Gambari said, “There is a need for a continuous process of collaboration and synergy between the police and the army to avoid the Taraba scenario in the future. If everybody goes their separate ways, the security of the nation will be compromised.
“Then again, we need to assist the police and other security agencies with intelligence. We have to look at those institutions that worked in the past and try to really use them in collaborative effort.
“On community policing, we need a conversation in this country very urgently whether it is community police or whether it is state police, remember there was a national conference that made some recommendations in 2014.
“Let us not look at the person who set up the national conference, but what are the things in the conference that can be used. If we leave everything to the Nigerian Army including highway patrols, it will weaken the police and overstretch the Nigerian Army.”
Delivering his address at the summit, Gambari said there was a need for Nigeria to find out the causes and solutions to the internal conflicts.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said that the army would continue to play its constitutional role of maintaining peace in the country alongside other security agencies.