Insecurity: New strategies yielding positive results, say security chiefs

 Insecurity: New strategies yielding positive results, say security chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari and heads of security agencies held another meeting on Thursday to review security operations in the country.

The closed-door meeting was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The security heads told State House correspondents after the meeting that new security strategies introduced were working and yielding positive results.

Those who met with the President were the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, was represented.

Others were the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.); Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr Ahmed Abubakar; and the Director-General of Department of State Service, Mr Yusuf Bichi.

The Chief of Air Staff, Abubakar, who spoke on behalf of the security chiefs, noted that as much as the new strategies were working, the security agencies called on Nigerians to continue to cooperate with them by providing useful information.

He stated, “So far, the strategy that we have on ground is really working and that is the one we will continue to pursue.

“What we are going to do is to ensure that all hands are on deck and every Nigerian equally has a role to play by passing relevant intelligence to us.

“The armed forces of Nigeria and other security forces will continue to work much harder to ensure that every Nigerian is secured and the territorial integrity of Nigeria is not undermined by anybody.”

The country has battled worsening insecurity, particularly kidnapping and banditry lately.

In the North-West states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto, bandits regularly laid siege to villages, forcing the Federal Government to launch Operation Puff Adder, a joint military task force, to combat the menace.

Ayomide Oyewole

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