Paris Attacks: France pleads for help from Nigeria

By Amako Nneji November 25, 2015 14:29

Paris Attacks: France pleads for help from Nigeria

French Director of Military Intelligence, Christophe Gormert on Wednesday, November 25 paid a visit to the Nigerian Defence Intelligence Agency with a view to seeking knowledge of how Nigerian security agencies were handling the challenge Boko Haram poses.

The visit follows the coordinated attacks Paris, France on November 13 which left 130 persons dead.

Gormert in his statement added that the French authority needed to depend on the help of the Nigerian Defence Intelligence Agency on intelligence sharing to unravel the mystery behind the Paris attacks.

See: Horrific attacks leave France shaken

President Francois Hollande described the terror attacks on Paris as an “act of war” by the Islamic State, ISIS.

    “In the area of geo-spatial intelligence, we will seriously rely on you to help us develop that capacity.We are in the process of setting up that department.

    “It’s‎ my first time in Abuja and it’s a good reason to visit you on Boko Haram and see how we can share intelligence; that is the reason for my visit,” Gormet said.

    “I believe in building up capacity we must leverage on our capable partners like you to help us from the level which we were, to a higher level.

    “Like you know this phenomenon of global terrorism is catching all nations napping. It’s something we did not prepare ‎for including developing countries like Nigeria. We have to evolve new ways of tackling them and stamp them out of existence,” he added.

Earlier, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Marshal Monday Riku Morgan expressed “sympathy with the entire community of France, and particularly the people of Paris, for the mischievous attack carried out ‎by the terrorists on their city.”

    “As a nation, we understand the feelings that you are going through right now, because we have the same nuisance in our hands,” he said.

He reminded Gormert of Buhari’s visit to France early this year “which brought about the serious synergy that both security organizations have today, between the French government and Nigeria in terms of intelligence sharing.”

    “I want to assure you that your visit is highly plausible. I recall that during a visit to Senegal with the Chief of Defence Staff, we spoke on very serious bilateral issues on the need to encourage our Francophone brother nations to give us the necessary support to defeat Boko Haram.

    “We think that henceforth, such daily intelligence sharing will keep happening and this will effectively change the situation in the north east,” Morgan said.

See: How ISIS involved Nigeria after its France attacks