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We’re worried over security in North-East – FG

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE Federal Government, yesterday, raised the alarm that the security situation in the North-East geopolitical zone of the country was worrisome.

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This is even as President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security heads in the country to step up their game to ensure that all nooks and crannies were safe.

The President had presided over security meeting held behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, which had all security heads in attendance, including theActing Director-General of Department of State Services, DSS, Matthew Seiyefa, which was his first meeting with the President.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said the meeting was a normal, routine security briefing with the President, especially as he had just come back from vacation.

Dan-Ali said though the security situation had improved, the situation in the North-East was very worrisome.

He said:  “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 is an update of the August 2 meeting.

“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 states and in Niger Delta.

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

Also briefing journalists, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, said after briefing the President, he directed the security heads to step up their game in protecting the citizenry.

Olonisakin said:  “We just had two and half hours meeting with the President and Commander-in-Chief, we reviewed the security situation across the country.”

Those in attendance were NSA, Babagana Monguno;Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique.

Others were Ahmed Abubakar, Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA; Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police and  Acting Director-General of DSS, Matthew Seiyefa.

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