Insecurity: Reps, service chiefs in crucial meeting

The House of Representatives on Tuesday held closed door meeting with heads of security agencies with a view to addressing the numerous security challenges facing the nation.

The House, presided by its Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, went into the closed door meeting with the security chiefs after approving the votes and proceedings of Friday, June 9, 2017.

The Security Chiefs, who attended the meeting, were: Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and Chief of Air Staff Air Commodore Sadique Abubakar.

Others were Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and the Inspector-General of Police (IG-P) Ibrahim Idris.

Also present at the meeting were the minister of Defence, Gen. Mansur Dan Ali and the Minister of Interior Lt-Gen Abdrahman Danbazau.

Details of the meeting were yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

However, a legislator who attended the meeting told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in confidence that the current threats from different groups across the country were also discussed at the meeting.

“Although the meeting was called specifically due to the concerns of the House about growing cases of kidnapping, the current agitations and quit notices were also addressed,” the lawmaker said.

The legislator, who requested anonymity, said that the security chiefs gave assurances that they were on top of the situation and there was no cause to fear.

Asked if rumour of coup was discussed at the meeting, the member declined comment.

Speaking to newsmen via telephone, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas (Adamawa-APC) House Committee Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, said he could not give details of the discussion.

He said that discussion was held separately as it borders on national security.

“The service chiefs briefed the House separately and we are satisfied with the efforts they have been making in combating crime.”

“We understand that they have challenges, which they mentioned.

“As legislature, we will work with them to solve those challenges and by the grace of God, we shall see the end of it soon,” Namdas assured.

NAN recalls that last week, the house summoned the security chiefs after adopting a motion brought by the Minority Whip, Rep. Yakubu Barde.

The motion was on the incessant kidnappings in Kaduna state and other parts of the country as well as increased armed robbery and crime across the nation.
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