The Commander of the Rapid Response Squad, ASP Tunji Disu, President, Women Arise, Dr Joe Odumakin and Director, Muslim Right Concern have called on the Muslims in Nigeria to be wary of the happenings around them, saying that criminals are becoming more sophisticated on daily basis.
They spoke at a Security Symposium organised by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria in Lagos, saying all hands must be on desk to strengthen and beef up the nation’s security and remain vigilant about the happenings in their domains.
Speaking on the theme of the symposium entitled: “Nigeria Security Challenges: How it Concerns You”, the RSS Commander, ASP Disu warned people to be conscious of who they add as friend chat with on the social media, adding that criminals now use social media to get at their targets.
According to him, information posted on the social media such as houses, relatives and movements and as well business transactions attract attention and enable the criminals to easily know certain information about their targets.
While urging them to pay special attention to the happenings around them, especially among their family members and relatives in view of the security challenges, the RRS boss urged Lagosians to also take the security of their neighbours, spouses and children with seriousness, saying that criminals are exploring every means to get at their targets.
He advised Lagosians to install CCTV cameras in their houses as they never can tell when the recording will be useful to them.
He said: “Protect your SIM card phone, ATM card and cheque leaf. A leaflet can be detached with a bank insider; money can be withdrawn if the account is fat. More importantly, develop an encoded communication style with your family members. Avoid flashy cars, if you must have one, track it or activated it security features. Don’t expose your laptop bag in your car.
Speaking on the topic, “Role of Women in National Security”, Odumakin encouraged women to step up their roles as key security agents, saying recruiting women in security agencies is also essential, even as she called for the need to build a sustainable relationship.”
Harping on the rising cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse against the minors, the activist charged the women to pay special attention to their wards, saying that infants were being sexually molested in the society.
On his part, Professor Akintola explained that it was important for government at all levels and institutions to ensure the protection of rights by promoting equity, adding that the question on hijab was the fundamental right of the muslims and not means of causing mayhem in the country.
Meanwhile, the Amir (President) of the MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said the symposium was organised to find a lasting solution to the security challenge of the country.
He said: “We are also affected by the security challenge in the country. In fact, recent condemnable occurrences have shown that students are the worst hit by the challenge. We hope that government will intensify effort on its move to ensure security in Nigeria.”
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