President Buhari directs security agencies to step up action

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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PRESIDENT BUHARI IN SECURITY MEETING WITH SERVICE CHIEFS 6. President Muhammadu Buhari confers with NSA Major General Babagana Munguno. Others are Minister of Defence, Brig General Mansur Dan Ali, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi OOlonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen T.Y Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and others during a security meeting at the State House, Abuja PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. AUG 20 2018.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Armed Forces and all security agencies in the country to step up action and ensure the safety of lives and property of citizens in all parts of Nigeria.

He gave the directive at a meeting on security, which he presided over at the Presidential Villa, on Monday.

PRESIDENT BUHARI IN SECURITY MEETING WITH SERVICE CHIEFS 4&4A. President Muhammadu Buhari confers with NSA Major General Babagana Munguno during a security meeting at the State House, Abuja PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. AUG 20 2018

Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanishakin stated this to Journalists soon after the meeting, while briefing on decisions reached at the crucial meeting.

He said that the various operations currently going on in some parts of the country were reviewed.

In his words: We just had two and half hour meeting with the President and Commander in Chief, we reviewed the security situation across the country in all the geopolitical zones and of course we made all our comments, especially the new operations in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba ‘Operation Wise Stroke,’ and ‘Operation Sharandaji.’

“We gave the extent of successes in these operations and we are to continue in this line of action in these operations.

“All the operations were reviewed and all the issues concerning the operations were dealt with. He directed that we should continue to step up our game, to ensure that the nation is safe and people go about their daily activities in a very safe manner.

Also speaking, Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali said that the meeting expressed deep concern about the kind of reports coming in from the North-East zone of the country, where the Armed Forces are tackling the Boko Haram terrorists.

“In the North-East we are having worrisome reports, we have looked into it critically and we have taken absolute decision,” he said.

“The decision that has been taken is that we have seen that there is a lot of improvement in the security situation in the country more especially in Zamfara and Benue state and in the Niger Delta,” he added.

Dan-Ali noted that progress has been made in addressing the security situation in Benue and Zamfara states, as well as the Niger Delta region.

“We have seen that there is a lot of improvement in the security situation in the country more especially in Zamfara and Benue state and in the Niger Delta.”

He continued: “This is a normal routine security briefing with Mr President, he just came back so we briefed him on all the activities we had while he was away. It’s an update of the August 2 Meeting.” 

The Meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanishakin, Service Chiefs, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, as well as the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris and the Acting Director General of the Directorate of State Services, Mathew Seiyefa.

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