President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with service chiefs, Minister of Defence, retired Brig. Mansur Dan-Ali and the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno.
It is also being attended by the Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Lawal Daura, the acting Director of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Arab Yadam, and the representative of the Inspector-General of Police.
The service chiefs at the meeting include Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Major-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, AVM Sadique Abubakar.
However, none of the security chiefs obliged to speak with State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, which lasted over three hours, as they took turns to drive out of the Villa one after the other. There was no official statement at press time but sources informed The Guardian that it was a regular security meeting where they updated the President on the general state of security across the country.
Meanwhile, the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army has commenced Operation Crocodile Smile II in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, in line with the Nigerian Army Training Directive for the year 2017.The event, which began on October 7, 2017, is expected to last till October 28, 2017.