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Experts advocate use of artificial intelligence in tackling insecurity

Some security and intelligence experts have advocated the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tackle the security challenges confronting Nigeria.
They spoke at the 15th International Security Conference and Award (ISCA), organised by the International Institute of Professional Security (IIPS), on Saturday in Abuja.
Director General of IIPS, Dr Tony Ofoyetan said that deploying inanimate things like drones would give a great push to the fight against insecurity.
“There is a need for more technology in intelligence gathering and operational executions and the like.
“They need to understand the essence of inanimate intelligence and that is the reason why we put on this conference,” he said.
Ofoyetan also advised the government to look at the security challenges beyond the perspective of military actions.
He added that the government should interrogate the possibility of international sponsorship of the various security challenges bedevilling the country.
The D-G said international infiltration into the nation’s domestic terrorism was obvious and advised the government to review its relationship with neighbouring countries.
“We have porous borders with more than 2, 000 Illegal routes into the country today, and it is a major problem,” he added.
Another security and intelligence expert, Mr Kabiru Adamu, said the conference with the focus on intelligence was apt considering the nature of the security challenges being confronted by the military and other security agencies.
“What this conference has done is to bring forward solutions using technology in managing insecurity in Nigeria.
“The reality is that technology is a force multiplier in a situation where you have a paucity of funds, where you don’t have enough personnel, then technology is the natural fallback.
“That is what this conference is proposing. All the papers that were presented discussed solutions around the use of technology, in particular, the use of AI.
“Looking at the EndSARS crisis when Nigeria was caught unawares, it’s obvious our security agencies were not prepared for the kind of modernisation that took place in cyberspace.
“Now what this conference has done is to bring out all the solutions that are available within the technology space for solving security challenges.
“As I emphasised, it is absolutely important for Nigeria, because we are faced with a situation where we don’t have enough personnel, we don’t have enough money and AI or technology is the natural option for us,” Adamu said.
The security expert said the nation had no choice but to adopt technology in intelligence gathering, to effectively tackle the security challenges.
Adamu also called for the engagement of young people, especially those who are experts in different aspects of cybersecurity, to support the military forces.

Culled from the News Agency of Nigeria

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Chief Of Defence Staff Says Military Under Pressure To Compromise 2023 Polls

The Nigerian military on Thursday revealed that despite the fact that it is facing constant pressure to compromise the 2023 elections, it will continue to be neutral.

General Lucky Irabor,  Chief of Defence Staff disclosed this to journalists at the 61st session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

According the him, military personnel face pressure through inducements, but the armed forces would remain apolitical as it is taking the necessary measures to ensure compliance with the directive of the President Muhammadu Buhari  to maintain neutrality.

Irabor added that personnel are being trained to be more professional even as the rules of engagement have been codified for distribution before, during and after the elections.

The CDS also revealed that several military rescue operations and negotiations have led to the freeing of at least 300,000 people from the hands of their abductors since 2014 while refugees who fled the North-East due to insurgency, have started to return.

He said that former insurgents, now being trained, would graduate in February next year before their reintegration into the society. He added that the military is recruiting more personnel into all branches of the security services.

The goal, Irabor said, is to increase the number of on-the-ground personnel to combat insurgency and banditry and curtail oil theft which will eventually lead to increased crude oil production.

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ICPC Arraigns NSCDC Official Over N12m job Scam

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Solomon Ogodo, over allegations bordering on forgery, employment racketeering, and fraud.

ICPC, in charge no: CR/503/2022 brought before Justice M.S. Idris of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, accused the defendant of defrauding unsuspecting job seekers the N12.2 million.

In the five-count charge, the commission told the court that the accused person on different occasions hoodwinked members of the public into parting with different sums of money in the guise of securing employment for their relatives in the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS).

The court was further informed of how Mr. Ogodo, with the intent to commit fraud, forged offers of provisional appointments for some applicants into the Nigeria Correctional Services.

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Okonjo Iweala Makes Forbes List Of World’s Most Powerful Women

A former Nigerian minister of finance and current Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named one of Forbes’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2022.

Forbes, an American business magazine owned by Integrated Whale Media Investments and the Forbes family, has a particular focus on business, technology, communications, science, politics, and law.

The African leadership person of the year awards are vote-based and reserved yearly for leading Africans who are making positive impacts and promoting a favourable image of the continent.

Okonjo-Iweala polled over 60 percent of the 15,000 votes in the category at the close of the poll on 2nd of December 2022.

Forbes said, “The World Trade Organization head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (No. 91 of 100) continue to play a crucial role in providing financial assistance and promoting global trade as the threat of a global recession rises.”

Recall that Okonjo-Iweala was recognized by another media platform, Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people in 2021.

This would be Okonjo-Iweala’s 6th recognition in her career.

Okonjo-iweala reacted on Twitter, saying that she was excited by the awards she had received in her career.

“An honour and a privilege to be part of this list of a very distinguished group of women for the 6th time in my career, Congratulations to my other sisters. Let’s continue to show that good governance, good public policy and a people-centered approach to work matters,” he said.

Winners for the 11th edition of the award shall be presented with the honour on 16th of February 2023, at a ceremony scheduled to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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