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Chief Of Defence Staff Holds Strategy Meeting With Heads Of Security Services

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has met with the country’s Service Chiefs and Heads of Security and Intelligence Agencies to deliberate on the current security situation in some parts of the country.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said “the meeting was one of the series of meetings to re-strategise and enhance existing synergy among all security agencies to address the lingering security challenges bedeviling the nation”.

According to him, the meeting, which was well attended by heads of security architecture in the country, dwelt on developing and mapping out new strategies to promptly address the untoward security situation rising from banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling as well as other sundry criminality particularly in the North West, North East and North Central parts of the country.

The Service Chiefs and Heads of Security Agencies noted that essential consultations have been made with relevant stakeholders across the country with a view to collaborating with the military and security agencies to promptly address the security challenges and bring respite to the region. 

The CDS who pointed out that security is everyone’s business, solicited the support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians for the Armed Forces and security agencies in tackling the security challenges in Nigeria in order to speedily restore sanity to the troubled regions.

Present at the meeting were the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Inspector General of Police Adamu Muhammed.

Also in attendance were the Director General Department of State Service Yusuf Bichi, Director General Nigerian Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar, Chief of Defence Intelligence Air Vice Marshall Muhammed Usman and the Commandant General Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Abdullahi Mohammadu.

Meanwhile, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, who addressed journalists after the Presidents meeting with the service chiefs, Heads of civilian security agencies, and intelligence heads on Thursday, said President Buhari expressed “great concern” over the worsening state of security in the country.

“He is extremely unhappy about what is happening and he feels that, even though the security agencies are doing their best, their best is not good enough for him and wants an immediate reversal of the current trend and immediate reversal of our misfortunes in all their dimensions.”

Monguno also said the president expressed displeasure over the lack of synergy among the security forces and asked them to work together to solve the nation’s security challenges.

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