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*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.

A United Kingdom based security expert has identified trust as an essential part of any successful security operations.

SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Chief Executive Officer of a security outfit, Target Search Global, Mr. Olufemi Arotokun Ale has linked lapses in security operations in the country to lack of trust.

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Mr. Olufemi his words on Tuesday during the 2 Day training for officers and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) Oyo State Command, said there is no trust between the security operatives and their leaders, stressing that this has made it so difficult for them to perform their duties optimally.

Mr. Femi briefing journalists shortly after his lecture at the Area A Command of the Corps, Railway Quarters, Iyaganku Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo State, further stressed that there is no trust among the security officers, no trust between the government and the security personnels and this has resulted in no trust between the security operatives and the people of the community.

“If there is no trust between the security personnels and the people of the community definetly there will be gap in communications, and if there is no effective communication between the people of the community and the security operatives, definetly we are going to have ineffective security system and that is exactly what is currently happening now across the states of the country. Femi said.

Ale the facilitator of the training however urged Government to pay adequate attention to the welfare of our security operatives. He said, “they must be properly taking care of, how can we have trust in someone that begs for token on the road to survive, remember they also have families and the members of their families are also part of the society, so definetly if the government don’t treat them well the society will equally be affected.

“We must look at what they are giving them as for their upkeep allowances, then we begins to ask if it is okay for them to cater for themselves and their family, so government body language towards them must be positive but if it is otherwise then there will be a trust deficit and once there is trust deficit there will surely be insecurity challenges just like the way it’s happening everywhere in the country today, and this has been happening since, you can imagine when we have been agitating for a better welfare package for our security officers, at least our government should emulates the way it is being done in advance countries, doing this will surely motivate and encourage our security operatives to do their best for us and the country at large. Femi stressed.

While briefing journalists on the importance of the training the State Corps Commandant, CC. Adarewa Micheal said “It is very necessary to train and retrain all officers and men of the Corps, especially with the rate of insecurity in the Country”.

Commandant Adaralewa who was ably represented by the Deputy Corp Commandant of the Command, DCC Femi Ete said the corps participated were trained on modern days techniques on how to operate in an hostile environment, on crowd control management, on how to secure and rescue kidnap victims, defensive driving, executive self defence, customer care relations training, how to rescue VIP in a kidnap rescue operation and so many others and my believe is that our officers who were selected from various departments of our Command such as the Crisis Management Department, Agro Ranger Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit, Anti-Vandal, Disaster Management Unit, the Female Special Squad.

“Our officers since the commencement of the training have been well briefed theoretically and as well trained in practical ways on how to improve their tactical methodology while on any security operations by the experts and I’m very optimistic that this training will surely reflex in our various security operational engagements. Ete said.

Meanwhile the State Commandant CC Adaralewa while declaring the training open at Abiodun Hall of the Area A command emphasized on the need for every officers and men of NSCDC should be ready at all time for the challenges facing the Nation as regards Security.

He also charged over 350 participants of the 2 day training to exhibit the knowledge impacted on them through all the aspects of training they undergo.

One of the participants of the trainning,  Akande Akintayo the Head of Counter Terrorism Unit of the Command said, For us at the counter terrorism unit we have been trained and retrained, so this training will help us to be able to harmonize the counter terrorism team and to be able to correct our abnormalities, because there are some things that you don’t know not until you are able to see it, this man here is a security expert from abroad and he has exposed us to many training and so many things that we don’t know before, he has opened our eyes to some many things that we don’t know before, so with this training our movements during operations will definitely be upgraded, it will assist us to do more in terms of combating terrorism in the country.

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