Boko Haram: DIA Designs Template for Proactive Intelligence

  •  ‘Nigeria failed to predict insurgency 15 years earlier’

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is designing a new template for a proactive intelligence reporting needed to tackle and be a step ahead of the emerging security challenges in the country, especially the Boko Haram terrorism.

To this end, it noted that the failure to be proactive in the past meant that the country failed to predict the current security threats early enough.

This was disclosed on Monday in Abuja by the Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj-Gen. Sarduana Davies, during the opening ceremony of a 2-day training conference for deputy defence advisers/attaches and librarians titled: “The Defence Attache System in Confronting the Emerging Challenges to Nigeria’s Security”.

Davies explained that the new template would be a departure from the past reactive intelligence to a timely and actionable intelligence.

According to him, the template is designed to be more “proactive intelligence and not intelligence based on incident report and stale news. which is ineffective”.

The CDI also disclosed that the Agency is already reviewing the type of briefs it gives its Defence Attaches (DAs),adding  “that there will be a formal briefing format for members of the family of defence sections and for officers proceeding on courses abroad”.

Speaking further, he said the DIA would  ensure “timely and maximum information gathering that could be analysed into intelligence” to tackle the myriad of security challenges within and outside the country.