…As Buhari directs Security Heads to step up operations
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA- THE Federal Government on Monday raised the alarm that the security situation in the North East geopolitical zone of the country was worrisome.
This is 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 the new Acting Director-General of Department of State Services, DDS, 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 that the meeting was a normal routine security briefing with the President especially as he was just back from vacation.
Dan-Ali, said that though the security situation had improved, the situation in the North East was very worrisome.
According to him, “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. Its 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 the Niger Delta.
“In the North East we are having worrisome report, we have looked into it critically and we have taken absolute decision.”
Buhari orders security to step up operations
Also briefing journalists, the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin said that after briefing the President, he directed the security heads to step up their game in protecting the citizenry.
Gen. 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 in all the geopolitical zones.
“Of course, we made all our comments, especially the new operations in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba operation WISE stroke, and operation (Saradaji).
“We gave the extent of successes in these operations and we are to continue in this line of action in these operations.
“All the operations were reviewed and all the issues concerning the operations were dealt with. And he directed that we should continue to step up our game to ensure that the nation is safe and people go about their daily activities in a very safe manner.”
Those in attendance were the 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 the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police and the Acting Director General of Department for State Services, Matthew Seiyefa.