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ONSA Conducts Counter Terrorism Exercise

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The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) on Tuesday carried out a simulation exercise on counter terrorism in Abuja.

The exercise which was developed by ONSA is aimed at testing the country’s response to new strategies adopted by insurgents to attack soft targets.

The Deputy Director, Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre, ONSA, Mr. Shehu Saidu said this at a press briefing to flag off the exercise in Abuja.

He said the exercise code named: “Daukin Gagawa” meaning rapid response, is the simulation of a terrorist attack on soft targets using pyrotechnic Improvised Explosive Devices and blank ammunition to measure the swift response by all agencies involved in crisis management and counter-terrorism.

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“You will recall that this is the new trend of terrorism worldwide. You saw it in France, Ouagadougou, Bamako and other places. This exercise is organized by the Office of the National Security Adviser to practice the synergy of effort between the security agencies and the cooperation therein expected of them during such crisis,” he said.

Saidu said at the end of the simulation exercise, the stakeholders would evaluate the efficiency of the doctrine for amendment or retooling.

He urged members of the public not to panic during the simulation exercise, which was designed for their protection and safety.

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