Rivers, Jigawa, Lagos, Edo, Ogun govs missing at National Security council meeting

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By Ben Agande, Abuja.

An expanded meeting of the National Security Council is underway at the Presidential Villa between the President, state governors and the heads of the various security agencies and para-military organizations.

The meeting which began at about 12:10 pm also had in attendance, the President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Nigeria and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Fayemi addressing the press on behalf of his colleagues

Fayemi addressing the press on behalf of his colleagues

The expanded National Security Council meeting was summoned by President Jonathan following the bombing in Nyanya, Abuja and the abduction of over one Hundred students from a secondary school in Borno.

Although most of the governors were in attendance at the meeting, the governors of Rivers, Jigawa, Lagos, Edo, and Ogun were not in attendance.   They were represented by their deputies except for Lagos state which had no representative at the meeting at the time of this report.

Those in attendance as at the time of this report were:

Willie Obiano (Anambra)

Theodore Orji (Abia)

Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara)

Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa)

Gabriel Suswam (Benue)

Martins Elechi (Ebonyi)

Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara)

Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta)

Murtala Nyako (Adamawa)

Kashim Shettima (Borno)

Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto)

Ramalan Yero (Kaduna )

Garba Umar (Taraba)

Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)

Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa)

Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi)

Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)

Babangida Aliyu (Niger)

Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo)

Lyel Imoke (Cross River)

Isa Yuguda (Bauchi)

Ibrahim Shema (Katsina)

Ibrahim Dankwanbo(Gombe)

Sullivan Chime (Enugu)

Deputy Governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Plateau, Edo and Yobe represented their governors.

Ministers in attendance at the meeting were. Abba Moro of Interior; Gen. Aliyu Gusau Defence; Abduljelil Adesiyan Police Affairs, Viola Onwuleri, Foreign Affairs, Akinwunmi Adeshina Agriculture and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.

The Security chiefs in attendance were the Chiefs of

Army, Navy and Airforce, as well as the Inspector General of Police, the Comptrollers General of Customs and Immigration, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corp and the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp.

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor , President of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Sultan of Sokoto, the President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs were also in attendance at the meeting.

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