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President Buhari meets with Security Chiefs over Benue, Taraba, Zamfara & others

Valentine Chinyem



President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, had a closed door meeting with security chiefs.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj. Gen. Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting said, the pally with President Buhari was to review the security situation in the country, and also, to keep him abreast of happenings in troubled regions such as Benue, Zamfara and Taraba States.

“We just had two and half hour meeting with the President and Commander in Chief, we reviewed the security situation across the country in all the geopolitical zones.

“We made all our comments; especially the new operations in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba, Operation Whirlstroke and Operation Saradaji,” he said.

“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.

“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,’’ he said.”

More so, the Minister of Defence, Dan Ali, added that the meeting was a normal routine security briefing to update the President on the situation of things, while he was away on vacation in London.

“We have seen that there is a lot of improvement in the security situation in the country, especially in Zamfara and Benue States and in the Niger Delta.

“In the North-East, we are having a worrisome report; we have looked into it critically and we have taken an absolute decision,’’ he said.

Other service chiefs at the meeting with Buhari were Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Theophilus Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ebok Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Also in attendance were the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the National Security Adviser, Rtd. Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, Acting Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa, Director General, National Intelligence Agency(NIA), Ahmed Abubakar and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The President however, travelled to his home town, Daura in Katsina State where he would be spending the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.