NGO Makes Case For ECOWAS Anti-Terrorism Task-Force

NGO Makes Case For ECOWAS Anti-Terrorism Task-Force

The United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP), an NGO, has called for the creation of an anti-terrorism task-force for the West African sub-region.

UGRFP’s Executive Director, Mr. Olaseni Shalom, in a statement in Abuja, said that the need for such task-force was the focus of the group’s visit to the ECOWAS Parliament on Friday.

He said that Morocco had an experience in fighting terrorism; hence ECOWAS should go into partnership with it in curbing the spread of the scourge.

The executive director said that the group had a discussion with the Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse.

“With the alarming rate of terrorism in the world particularly in the West Africa region, there is an urgent need to create a terrorism task force to bring about peace and security in the region.

“With the experience of Morocco in fighting terrorism, there is a need for ECOWAS to sign a bilateral treaty with Morocco in the fight against terrorism.

“We also discussed ways to work together to grow the economy of the member countries and in order to check mass migration Europe and other regions.

“Such migration has caused the horrific humanitarian crises and human rights violation ranging from slavery and forced labour in Libya, xenophobic attacks in South Africa and Asia and extra judicial killings,’’ he said.

Shalom called on Nigerians of all walks of life to support the nation-wide rally against jungle justice which would be launched at 8am on Dec. 18 in Akure, Ondo State.

He added that UGRFP’s campaign against jungle justice would be taken to seven states including the FCT.