By Odimmegwa Johnpeter, Abuja
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Major General Lucky Irabor has urged telecommunications service providers operating within the shores of Nigeria to support the efforts by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies to apprehend perpetrators of crimes across the country. This was contained in a statement by Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu, Acting Director, Defence Information Defence Headquarters.
The CDS made this known while granting audience to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mobile Telecom Network (MTN) Nigeria, Mr Karl Toriola who was on a familiarization visit to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja.
Commenting on the current security challenges in the country, Maj Gen Irabor identified communication as part of the essential mechanism that could be used by the AFN and other security agencies to track down perpetrators of criminalities and nefarious activities.
The CDS added that DHQ will welcome and sustain any fruitful engagement and partnership with all its stakeholders, including service providers, chief among which is MTN, in order to build a peaceful environment for economic activities to thrive.
Expressing his delight on the visit of the CEO and his team, the Defence chief commended MTN for playing invaluable roles in matters of communication. which he noted, the AFN and security agencies are leveraging, to boost their operations around the nation.
Major Gen Irabor also congratulated Mr Karl Toriola on his appointment as the CEO of MTN Nigeria.
Earlier in his remarks, the CEO, Mr Karl Toriola, stated that prioritizing the Defence Sector, other Security and Paramilitary Agencies necessitated his first point of call since assumption of office.
The CEO said the visit was also in recognition of the selfless sacrifices of members of the AFN in their service to the nation.
Mr Toriola further stated that MTN as a telecoms service provider would continue to build cordial working relationship with all branches of government agencies, including engaging and aligning with the AFN and intelligence agencies in order to ensure security of lives and property of Nigerians.