Over ‘Rising’ Insecurity, CDS, Service Chiefs, Others Brainstorm
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, has met with the country’s Service Chiefs and other Heads of Security and Intelligence Agencies to deliberate on current security situation in some parts of the country.
The meeting held on Tuesday, it was gathered, was one of the series of dialogue to re-strategize and enhance synergy among all security agencies, so as to address lingering security challenges bedeviling the nation.
Present at the meeting were the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai; Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Adamu Muhammed.
Also, in attendance were the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; Director General, Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar; Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshall Muhammed Usman; and the Commandant General, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Mohammadu.
In a statement, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said the meeting, which was well-attended by Heads of various security outfits, dwelled on developing and also mapping out new strategies to promptly address the ‘frightening’ security situation arising from banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, as well as other sundry criminalities, particularly in the North West, North East and North Central.
Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), said according to the Service Chiefs and Heads of Security Agencies, necessary consultations have been made with relevant stakeholders across the country, with a view to collaborating with the military and security agencies, to promptly tackle insecurity, and bring lasting peace to the regions.
“The CDS who pointed out that security is everyone’s business, solicited the support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians for the Armed Forces and security agencies, in tackling the security challenges in Nigeria in order to speedily restore sanity to the troubled regions,” the DMO Coordinator added.