By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA—MINISTER of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that the military needs more equipment to tackle security challenges in the country.

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali

This is even as Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, yesterday, tasked security agencies on intelligence gathering, listing poor welfare, inadequate logistics and indiscipline as factors responsible for the inability of security men to contain the killings across the country.

The minister also assured the President that the military, through Operation Delta Safe, would continue to sustain its operations against illegal activities in Niger Delta with resultant reduction in illegal oil bunkering, militancy and pipeline vandalism.

This was contained in a brief the minister presented to National Security Council on security situation in the country at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

The meeting was presided over by President Buhari before he travelled to Bauchi State for a senatorial by-election.

Present at the security meeting with the President were Chief of Defence Staff, Lt-Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Ibok-Eta Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar; Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongonu; Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA;Chief of Defence Intelligence and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari

Dan-Ali in the brief he presented at the meeting, which was signed by the Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Defence, Colonel Tukur Gusau, said:  “In view of the engagement of troops in various internal security operations across the country, the honourable minister requested for provision of more equipment for the Armed Forces to sustain the tempo in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges across the country.”

Dambazzau tasks security agencies on intelligence gathering

Meanwhile, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, yesterday, tasked security agencies on intelligence gathering to stem the tide of killings across Nigeria.

In a keynote address delivered at an emergency internal security summit in Abuja, Dambazau said: “There are indications that some of these threats are politically motivated from within the country; some are induced from the outside of the country by those who are not comfortable with Nigeria’s potentials; while others are as a result of outright criminal acts or violent extremism or both.

‘’Whatever the source of these threats, security agencies must articulate their plans to contain, control and prevent them. These threats not only undermine democracy, but also slow down our development and growth, thereby impacting on the peace, security and stability of our dear nation.”

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