Stay Ahead Of Bandits, Criminals Anywhere In The Country – Buhari Urges National Security Council
President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked security agencies in the country to step up their efforts in addressing the issue of insecurity currently ravaging the country. He made this known on his official social media handle @MBuhari after a meeting with members of the security council in Abuja on Monday.
Recall that Nigeria News had earlier reported the meeting with the security council behind closed doors.
However, the Twitter post read, “Today (yesterday), I presided over a meeting of the Security Council. We fully understand the seriousness and urgency of Nigeria’s security issues and are determined to implement carefully considered solutions that will not only earn the confidence of Nigerians but also, stand the test of time.”
“The police and DSS especially have been charged to step up their efforts and capacity in this regard,” he said.
President Buhari in the post also assured citizens of the country that his administration will implement solutions to the current insecurity plaguing the country. He also stated further the need for all law-enforcement agencies to take intelligence-gathering and sharing much more seriously.
He said, “Our law enforcement agencies must, at all times, stay ahead of bandits and criminals, wherever they are across the country, by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible Intelligence. I am assuring that we will give them all the support needed to succeed.”
“Let me also assure that all persons arrested so far, including those arrested for illegally possessing arms, will be duly prosecuted. I urge judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities in this regard, to enable the speedy dispensation of justice.”
The meeting which lasted for about two hours started at about 11:00 am and ended at 1:30 pm and had in attendance the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, and Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar.
Other security officials present at the meeting were the heads of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Prisons Service, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in attendance.
Also in attendance were Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Dambazau, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Others include Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
According to the Daily Sun, the meeting was convened to review the current security situation in the country.