NATIONAL SECURITY: Military Mulls Collaboration with Telecom Service Providers to Tackle Crimes

By Shola, Akingboye 27th, February 2021

Major General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has urged telecommunications service providers in the the country to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies in the fight against perpetrators of crimes across the country.

He made this appeal when he received the chief executive officer (CEO) of Mobile Telecom Network (MTN) Nigeria, Mr Karl Toriola on a courtesy visit to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja, according to a statement by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu.

The CDS identified communication as part of the essential mechanism that could be used by the AFN and other security agencies to track down perpetrators of criminalities and nefarious activities.

The CDS added that DHQ will welcome and sustain any fruitful engagement and partnership with all stakeholders, including service providers, chief among which is MTN, in order to build a peaceful environment for economic activities to thrive.

Earlier in his remarks, the CEO of MTN, Mr Karl Toriola, stated that prioritizing the Defence Sector, other Security and Paramilitary Agencies necessitated his first point of call since assumption of office as he noted that the visit was in recognition of the  selfless sacrifices of members of the AFN in their service to the nation.

The MTN boss said telecoms service provider would continue to build cordial working relationship with all branches of government agencies, including engaging and aligning with the AFN and intelligence agencies in order to ensure security of lives and property of Nigerians

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