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  • Updated: September 14, 2023

NSA, DSS, Police, Reveal Terrorism Source Of Funding In Nigeria

NSA, DSS, Police, Reveal Terrorism Source Of Funding In Nige

The National Counter-Terrorism Centre, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have all revealed ways terrorists fund their operations in the country.

Rear Admiral Yaminu Musa (rtd), the ONSA's National Coordinator, disclosed on Wednesday that kidnapping for ransom has become a mechanism for terrorists to support their activities.

According to him, this method of funding terrorist actions has become widespread, and there is an urgent need to address the problem. 

"Kidnapping for ransom is also identified as one of the means of funding terrorism," Musa remarked at the 'Anti-Kidnap Multi-Agency Fusion Cell Media and Communication Workshop' organised by ONSA in partnership with the British High Commission. 

"Thus, the carnage unleashed by kidnappers and terrorist groups all over the world, resulting in the loss and disruption of lives and properties, is a major concern, necessitating collective efforts in advancing measures to counter the threat." 

In addition, the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, stated that abduction in the country is motivated by political, economic, and ideological considerations.

"There's also a disorientation in family values, The most essential part of society, the family, has broken down. Cultural values have also vanished", Afunanya said.

Also, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said: “Kidnapping has dimensions. A dimension came; it was kidnapping for ransom.

"Another came, the victims were kidnapped, ransom negotiated, and then the victims were killed.

“Then there is a dimension whereby a victim is kidnapped; his abductors collect ransom, then go ahead to kill the victim and still negotiate before the corpse is released.

“We need to break the conspiracy of silence. We’ll need to talk to our people to expose them. 

"Kidnappers hide amongst our people and have their hideouts in communities. Our law should be strict about this.”

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