Written by Chuks NZEH

NSA calls for amendment of National Security Agencies Decree

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, has called for the amendment of the National Security Agencies Decree 1986, which he says has hindered harmony amongst Nigeria's intelligence agencies.

Monguno said the clashes will continue unless the National Security Agencies Decree 1986 is amended.

Officials of the Security agencies clashed last year when EFCC operatives attempted to arrest a former Director-General of NIA, Ayodele Oke, and Mr. Ita Ekpeyong, a former Director-General of the DSS at their residents in Abuja.

The report noted that “The current state of disjointedness and disharmony amongst sister agencies.

“This resulted due to the National Security Agencies Decree 1986; Cap 278, Cap 278 LFN section 14 01-2 which has stripped the NSA of the power to check the other security agencies that have now become independent of his office due to their now ‘easy’ access to the president.

“Thus, there is a desperate need to streamline the agencies and make them answerable to the NSA.”

This was contained in a report by the NSA to the Senate ad-hoc committee that investigated the conflict between officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Department of State Service, DSS, and the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, in 2017.

In the report Monguno, added that the president was aware of the state of things and also presented evidences of instances where his duties were usurped due to lack of discipline exhibited by security agencies.

 

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