A coalition of 76 Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Activists have attributed the killing of Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other soldiers by ISWAP Fighters in Borno to intelligence failure on the part of the military.
The group said the resurgence of activities of bandits and other attacks were not only a set back to the war against insecurity but a blatant embarrassment to the armed forces and Nigeria in general.
The group particularly quoted the recent kidnapping of travellers in a broad day light along Abuja Kaduna road, attack in Borno state that resulted to the killing of a General and three other soldiers, the attack on a Kaduna-Abuja bound train and several others as clear instances of intelligence failure.
In a statement entitled, ‘poor intelligence frustrating war against insecurity and jointly signed by, Dr. Aliyu Bello of Peace and Conflict Resolution Initiative and Ambassador Jude Uchenna of Alliance for Justice and Peace on behalf of the group, urged the Federal government and the military high command to immediately rejig those behind intelligence gathering as war against insecurity cannot be won with a defective intelligence unit.
To this end, the group urged the Federal government and military top bras not to give room to anything that could jeopardise the many gains made in the efforts to flush out terrorists and other criminal elements in the north east and the country at large.