President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a security meeting at the Presidential Villa In Abuja.
The meeting which is holding at the First Lady’s Conference Room is a continuation of last Friday’s meeting adjourned for today.
Present at the meeting is the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd) and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.)
Also present is the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo and the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.
The meeting is on the heels of the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism in the country.
It comes on a day the bandits who kidnapped some students of Greenfield University, Kaduna State, have threatened to kill the remaining 17 students in their custody of demands are not met.
The threat has created anxiety in the country as many have taken to Twitter to mount pressure for the release of the students.
Popular comedian, Frank Donga, on his Twitter handle said; “When I remember the students killed at #Greenfielduniversity and those still in danger, I can’t help thinking that some people somewhere are collecting salaries and allowances for securing citizens and there’s this much insecurity.”
President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman said; “When they started pampering “repentant bandits” I cried out. Repentance is unto God not man. Then they started paying bandits.. Now it has become a lucrative business for trigger happy fellows and enemies of our collective patrimony. #Greenfielduniversity is priority..”
A Twitter user, @UtaziJay said; “17 kidnapped students of #Greenfielduniversity might face death TODAY. Their lives, dreams cut short simply cos we’ve a govt that does a lot of talking without any action. I can’t take my mind off what those students might be passing through right now. May God protect them all.”
Bandits had kidnapped 22 students from the institution and killed five due to failure to meet their demands.
The bandits on Monday threatened to kill the remaining 17 on Tuesday (today) if N100m and 10 motorcycles were not provided.
One of the leaders of the bandits identified as Sani Jalingo in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America was quoted to have said the parents of the kidnapped students had raised N55m, but N100m must be paid before the students could be released.