President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the nation’s security chiefs at the State House, Abuja.
In attendance at the meeting were the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; National Security Adviser, 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.
The Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; the Director-General of the Department for State Services, Lawan Daura; and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, were also at the meeting.
None of the security chiefs spoke to journalists after the meeting
Dan-Ali’s spokesman, Tukur Gusau, however issued a statement, giving an insight into what transpired at the meeting.
According to the statement, the security chiefs seized the opportunity of the meeting to demand for more equipment from the Federal Government.
The minister’s spokesman said in order to forestall future security incidences in Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari axis, Operation Sharan Daji has been extended to cover up to the fringes of Niger Republic border.
“The operation has recently been reinforced with more troops from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services and is supported by the Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognisance Wing of 207 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force.
“The joint operation has successfully arrested some suspected armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition.
“Similarly, in other to checkmate the criminal activities along Abuja-Kaduna highway, security agencies have been directed to increase patrols along the axis to address cases of attacks and kidnappings,” the statement read.
Dan-Ali was also said to have briefed the President on the security situation in the Niger Delta.
“Operation Delta Safe has sustained its operations against illegal activities in the Niger Delta region with resultant reduction in illegal oil bunkering, militancy and pipeline vandalism,” he was quoted as saying.
He said the meeting also reviewed Operation Safe Haven leading to appointment of a new Commander in the North Central.
He reiterated the need for the deployment of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in all areas liberated by the military in the North-East in order to consolidate on the gains of military operations as well as to enable the military push forward in its clearance operations.