NSA conducts mock counter terrorism programme in Abuja

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

 

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) Tuesday carried out a simulation exercise on counter terrorism in Abuja.

 

 

The exercise which was developed by ONSA aimed at testing the country’s  crisis response to tackle the new strategy adopted by insurgents to attack soft targets.

 

Deputy Director, Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shehu Saidu announced this in Abuja at a news conference to flag off a simulation exercise aimed at testing the validity of the doctrine.

 

He said the exercise code named “Daukin Gagawa” meaning rapid response, is the simulation of a terrorist attack on soft target using pyrotechnic Improvised Explosive Devices and blank ammunition to measure the swift response by all the agencies involved in crisis management and counter-terrorism.

 

“You will recall that this is the new trend of terrorism worldwide.  You saw it in France, Ouagadougou, Bamako and numerous other incidents in Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorists. It is in this light that this exercise is organized by the Office of the National Security Adviser in order to practice the synergy of effort between all the security agencies and the cooperation therein expected of them during such crisis”, he said.

 

Mr. Saidu said at the end of the simulation exercise, the stakeholders would evaluate the efficiency of the doctrine for amendment or retooling.

 

He urged members of the public not to panic during the simulation exercise, which was designed for their protection and safety.

 

The soft target used for the simulation exercise is the International Conference Centre, Abuja and the agencies involved are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Nigeria Police Force, Immigration Service, Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Ministry of Health, National Emergency Management Agency, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Fire Service, and all other respondents.

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