President Muhammadu Buhari has said he urged the security chiefs at a meeting on Monday to step up “intelligence gathering and sharing” to help them stay ahead of the insecurity challenges in the country.
The president said: “I presided over a meeting of the Security Council. We fully understand the seriousness and urgency of Nigeria’s security issues, and are determined to implement carefully considered solutions that will not only earn the confidence of Nigerians, but also stand the test of time”. The president sought deeper synergy between the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force, while promising to prosecute all culprits arrested over recent killings in some parts of the federation.
“Our law enforcement agencies must at all times stay ahead of bandits and criminals, wherever they are across the country, by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible intelligence. I am assuring (you) that we will give them all the support needed to succeed.
“Let me also assure (you) that all persons arrested so far, including those arrested for illegally possessing arms, will be duly prosecuted,” the president said further in a series of tweets.
At Monday’s security meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd). Others are Chief of Defence Staff; Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff; Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; and the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar; Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; and the Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.
Also, at the meeting were heads of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Prisons Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.