Again, Buhari Holds Security Meeting With Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the Security Meeting, the third in the series at the State House.

 

President Muhammad Buhari on Tuesday continued his meeting with the country’s security chiefs, in search of solutions to the security challenges that have bedevilled the country.

The President during the meeting outlined new security measures for the South-East and South-South zones of the country to restore peace in the region.

The approval comes after a third security council meeting held in the last two weeks.

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba while addressing journalists after the meeting declined to provide details but told state house correspondents that this strategy is geared towards changing the narrative.

Service Chiefs arrive at the presidential villa for the meeting

President Buhari equally approved a memo presented by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, on the control of drugs, which he said are enablers of Insecurity.

The National security adviser who noted that the nation is fighting unknown enemies underpinned that the meeting sought to address the security challenges in the country particularly those that have arisen in the last few months.

Tuesday’s meeting, the third in less than three weeks, continues a series of meeting which started on Friday, April 30 as violence and kidnappings continue to rock parts of the country.

As with previous meetings, the latest is being held behind closed doors, and it remains unclear the details of the discussions beyond the drive to secure the nation.

Beyond the President and the security chiefs, the meeting was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

 

Security Concerns, Calls For Unity

Over the past three weeks, the security challenges that have led to the recent change of the service chiefs and the security meetings have continued. In the South, security formations and police stations have been attacked and operatives have battled kidnappers, gunmen, bandits, and suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In the north, bandits have continued their reign of terror attack in villages and kidnapping people for ransom.

The security agencies and government has also recorded wins with the release of abducted students in Kaduna, Benue, and Asia while several bandits have been killed and some leaders arrested.

Although the details of the security meetings have been kept under wraps, both the President and his vice have called for unity and an end to the violence.

President Buhari last week lamented that despite the closure of the borders to control the smuggling of arms and ammunition, “Some people are mercilessly against this country.”

He charged the leadership at every level to go back to the basics, noting that a bottom-up approach was necessary, from ward to local council, states, and federal.

Osinbajo in a wake-up call on the elites in the country urged them to rise up and speak the truth against forces of division in the country.

He explained that this has become necessary to preserve the unity of the nation as Nigeria cannot afford a war.

“We cannot afford a war in this country … it is the political elite that will determine what will take place,” the Vice President said.

 

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Buhari Presides Over Another Security Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a security meeting

 

Less than a week, President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over another Security Meeting at the statehouse in Abuja.

The meeting which is holding at the First Lady’s Conference Room was earlier held last Friday and adjourned till today.

The Agenda for the meeting is not unconnected with the heightened insecurity across the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President Ibrahim Gambari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Those in attendance include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Others are  Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd) and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.)

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo; acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba are also attending the crucial meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno

 

At the last meeting, the National security adviser, Babagana Munguno disclosed in a statement issued on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to stem the insecurity in the country.

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He said that the insurgents, bandits, and criminals are still at it and there is no doubt that the Nigerian Security agencies with the cooperation of all will certainly overcome all the current security problems and defeat the forces of evil marauding about in different parts of the country.

“There shall be no relenting until peace and security is significantly restored in our communities,”

Some of the Chief of Staffs

 

“Mr. President is very prepared to take profound measures in the wider interest of the people and the Nigerian nation.” Monguno, a retired Major-General said.

Monguno explained that the security meeting is necessitated by the fact that President Buhari is “concerned about the persisting security challenges in parts of the country.”

According to him, the Commander-in-Chief is ever ready to confront the situation in the country.

Buhari Holds Security Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Service Chiefs meet over insecurity in the country

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a Security Meeting at the Statehouse in Abuja.

The meeting is taking place at the First Lady Conference room as renovations in the Council Chambers is still ongoing.

In attendance are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation-Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and Defense Minister, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); and National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd).

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Others present are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amoo.

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The acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali is also in attendance.

The meeting is coming at a time when the insecurity in the country has been on the increase.

The meeting follows the increased attacks in several parts of the country

 

Buhari Gives Marching Order 

In March, the President ordered the Service Chiefs to identify the leaders of the bandits and kidnappers and take them out to restore confidence in the areas affected.

The President gave the directive as a first assignment to the Service Chiefs and declared that he would no longer condone a situation where kidnappers set the tone.

Some of the Service Chiefs during the meeting

 

President Buhari also issued a warning to all those collaborating with criminals, promising to deal decisively with them.

The Service Chiefs on their part disclosed that they have identified weak areas that would be strengthened to appropriately fish out collaborators with non-state actors.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno had also reaffirmed the President’s resolve to tackling all forms of crimes across the country, explaining that all options will be explored.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, and Chief of Staff to the President Ibrahim Gambari

 

“Mr. President has been very emphatic. He has stated clearly that this problem must be brought to an end, but using the traditional methods that the armed forces have been trained to deploy.

“Mr. President has made it very clear to both the intelligence and operational elements that the first assignment will be to identify the leaders of these bandits, kidnappers and take them out, in order to restore confidence in those areas”, he added.

Buhari Receives Security Briefings From Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received briefings from service chiefs in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The meeting was held at the President’s office in the State House.

Although the agenda of the meeting is not yet known it might not be unconnected to the prevailing security situation in the country.

President Buhari has had a series of meetings, with different groups of eminent Nigerians including traditional rulers, over security issues in the country.

The security issues include the spate of banditry, kidnapping and rising deadly criminal activities across the country.

Also, this is perhaps the first time the President will be meeting with the heads of security agencies after the United States-based publication, Wall Street Journal reported that Nigerian soldiers were secretly buried in secret graveyards in Borno state, a story the Nigerian military has denied.

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Britain Calls For Security Meeting On Nerve Attack Findings

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her speech at the Conservative Party’s Spring Forum in London. SIMON DAWSON / POOL / AFP

 

Britain said Thursday it has requested the UN Security Council meeting to discuss a report by the world’s chemical arms watchdog on last month’s poisoning of a former Russian spy.

According to a declassified summary issued by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body has confirmed Britain’s findings on the identity of the nerve agent used in the attack, although not on its origin.

The Security Council meeting is expected to take place later this week, according to the British mission to the UN.

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Nasarawa Govt Holds Emergency Security Meeting Over Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis

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The Nasarawa State government has convened an expanded emergency Security Council meeting to tackle the herdsmen-farmers crisis in the state.

The meeting, which held at the Council Chambers of the Government House in Lafia on Monday, was chaired by the state governor, Mr Tanko Al-Makura.

The governor, who noted that security is not only the business of the government but that of everybody, urged the residents to ensure they are as secure as possible in the course of their daily activities.

He also described the panic migration witnessed in Nasarawa as a repercussion of the killings in Benue.

He added that this has been taking its toll on the residents of border areas who have been enjoying relative peace for a while now.

According to Al-Makura, the meeting was convened to listen to the views of heads of affected local government areas, and to launch a collaboration with security personnel to find a solution to the crisis.

He revealed the deployment of three additional Mobile Police units to the existing five units on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, to man the borders of Benue and Nasarawa states.

Governor Al-Makura who restated his commitment to providing welfare for the displaced persons in the state asked the people to be vigilant and conscious of the happenings around them.

He was happy with the conflict resolution mechanism adopted by the state government and confident that it has made progress in ensuring peaceful co-existence among residents.

The governor further commended the Federal Government for the efforts made so far in addressing the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

He listed the steps taken to include the decision of the National Economic Council Committee and the recent launching of ‘Exercise Cat Race’ by the Nigerian Army.

Al-Makura assured the people of improved security presence at border communities to give the over 25,000 Internally Displaced Persons residing in 12 IDP camps a sense of protection.

Those present at the meeting are security chiefs, traditional rulers, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), and the Tiv Development Association (TIDA).

Others in attendance include heads of local government areas situated in the southern district of the state where unrest is experienced.

PHOTOS: Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presided over his first security meeting with the service chiefs after over 100 days.

The meeting, which held at the State House in Abuja, was attended by Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibot-Ete Ibas.

It also had in attendance the National Security Adviser to the President (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari among others.

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Photos: Sunday Aghaeze

Japan Speaks Of ‘Heated Discussions’ At Manila Security Meeting

Japan’s foreign minister says “heated discussions” took place about North Korea’s missile tests and South China Sea disputes at a security forum on Monday, and most countries believed U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang should be fully implemented.

Taro Kono told reporters there was broad support among the 27 foreign ministers at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila for pressure to be exerted on North Korea and for a new U.N. Security Council resolution to be fully implemented.

Among those attending the event were North and South Korea, Russia, China, Japan and Australia.

Kono also said Japan supported the United States in its activities in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation, and in a veiled reference to China, opposed “any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force”.

Buhari Holds Closed Door Security Meeting With Service Chiefs

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria-Norway-Fisheries-DevelopmentPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday held a closed door meeting with his security chiefs with a view to tackling the militancy in the Niger Delta region.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also present at the meeting.

Some of the issues reviewed include the militancy in the Niger Delta region and the level of operations in the war against terrorism in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

Security chiefs present include the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ibas, Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

Also in attendance were the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd.), National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Munguno (Rtd.), Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.

They, however, did not speak with journalists at the end of the meeting that lasted over three hours.

Buhari Meets Service Chiefs Ahead Of Lake Chad Summit 

Muhammadu-Buhari-and-Service-Chiefs2President Muhammadu Buhari has held a closed-door meeting with Service Chiefs and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, at the Defence House in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The meeting held on Wednesday ahead of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday is a follow up to the meeting between Ministers of Defence of the Lake Chad Basin which held on Tuesday in Abuja.

For about an hour and half, President Buhari held talks with the Service Chiefs and Col. Dasuki.

At the end of the meeting the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Mr Aliyu Isamila, told reporters that talks were centred on the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the north-east.

Mr Isamila said the meeting was also held to assess the security situation and the oparationalisation of the Multi-National Joint Task Force against the backdrop of attacks by the Boko Haram sect.

President Buhari has expressed his commitment to ending the insurgency in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has announced the establishment of a Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State’s capital in line with the President’s directive in his inaugural address last month.

He expressed the belief that the relocation of the command centre to the north-east would give needed boost to the war on terror that had been on for over five years.

Also, during a G7 summit held in Germany earlier this week, the president received the support of the group’s members in his effort to end the Boko Haram Insurgency.

Kano Police Deploy Troops For Elections

KanoThousands of police officers have been deployed for the conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Kano State, North-West Nigeria.

Addressing reporters shortly after the Inter-Agency Consultative Security Meeting on Elections, the State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, said that the officers are to ensure a peaceful conduct of the polls on Saturday, April 11.

Despite the success recorded during the presidential elections, Mr. Idris said that security agencies in Kano are not taking any chances in ensuring that no one interferes with the electoral process.

Many Kano residents, who have commended the Police for their role in the success of the presidential elections, have also said that they expect more proactive measures to curtail the excesses of some political party supporters.

Meanwhile, during a meeting with the Divisional Police Officers, the Police Commissioner also urged them to ensure that the elections are successful.

In another development, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano, Mr. Hussaini Halilu, says distribution of materials would be done on Thursday and Friday.

In the meantime, the Police have directed the restriction of movement from 6am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.