SSS accuses communities of shielding Boko Haram membersBoko Haram, Latest Politics Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
July 26, 2012 by Fidelis Soriwei, Abuja
The Director of the State Security Service in charge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Mr. Little Okojie, has alleged that some communities are shielding members of Boko Haram from security operatives.
Okojie said the security threat posed by the sect had become seemingly intractable because of the cover provided for the members by communities.
The SSS director also said the sect’s asymmetric mode of operation also contributed to the difficulty in going into meaningful dialogue with them.
Okojie spoke in Abuja while playing host to the newly elected executive members of the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Wednesday.
He said the situation was further complicated by the fact that intermediaries of the group refuse to disclose the identities of the members of the sect.
However, he restated the determination of the SSS and other security agencies to ensure effective coordination of the campaign against crimes in the society.
He lamented that some members of the public decline to volunteer information on the activities of Boko Haram members to security operatives.
The director urged journalists to ensure a strict adherence to the ethics of their profession by giving accurate account of events being reported.
Secretary of the NUJ in Abuja, Mr. Emmanuel Ogbeche, said the union was ready to collaborate with the secret police in its responsibility of monitoring governance in the interest of the public.
Ogbeche, who commended the SSS for its openness, saying it was necessary for journalists to understand the mode of operation of the service in the bid to achieve the desired development of the society.
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