PARIS TERRORIST ATTACKS: FRANCE SEEKS NIGERIA’S SUPPORT IN INTELLIGENCE GATHERING.
Following the’ oordinated attacks by terrorists of the IS group in Paris, France on 13th November which left 130 persons dead, the French Director of Military Intelligence, General Christophe Gormet on Wednesday visited the Nigerian Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) with a view to seeking advice on how Nigerian security agencies were handling the challenge of Boko Haram terrorism.
“In the area of Geo-spatial intelligence, we will seriously rely on you to help us develop that capacity.We are in the process of setting up that department. It’s my first time in Abuja and it’s a good reason to visit you on boko haram and see how we can share intelligence; that is the reason for my visit” the Gen. Gormert said.
Continuing he said, “I believe in building up capacity we must leverage on our capable partners like you to help us from the level which we were, to a higher level.
“Like you know this phenomenon of global terrorism is catching all nations napping. It’s something we did not prepare for including developing countries like Nigeria. We have to evolve new ways of tackling them and stamp them out of existence”.
Earlier, Nigeria’s CDI, Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan expressed “sympathy with the entire community of France , and particularly the people of Paris, for the mischievous attack carried out by the terrorists on their city”.
“As a nation, we understand the feelings that you are going through right now, because we have the same nuisance in our hands” he said.
He reminded his Gormert of the visit of President Buhari to France early this year, “which brought about the serious synergy that both security organizations have today, between the French government and Nigeria in terms of intelligence sharing”.
“I want to assure you that your visit is highly plausible. I recall that during a visit to Senegal with the Chief of Defence Staff, we spoke on very serious bilateral issues on the need to encourage our Francophone brother nations to give us the neccesary support to defeat Boko Haram.
“We think that henceforth, such daily intelligence sharing will keep happening and this will effectively change the situation in the north east”, AVM Morgan said.