Buhari meets defence chiefs over worsening security challenges

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Amidst worsening security challenges in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday summoned a National Security Council meeting in Abuja, before his departure to London on a 10-day vacation.

At the meeting were the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Chiefs of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, heads of the secret service and its foreign intelligence arm, Inspector-General of Police and National Security Adviser.

Defence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali told journalists after the meeting that the military and para-military services need more resources to fight insecurity across the country.

The demand for more equipment for the Armed Forces was necessary in order to sustain the tempo in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges in the country, he said.

Dan-Ali explained that this was in view of the engagement of troops in various internal security operations across the country, which the meeting reviewed.

Specifically, in the Niger Delta region, the minister informed the Security Council that Operation Delta Safe had sustained its operations against illegal activities in the Niger Delta region with resultant reduction in illegal oil bunkering, militancy and pipeline vandalism.

In order to forestall future security breaches in the northwest regions of Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari axis, Dan-Alli announced that Operation Sharan Daji has been extended to cover the area up to the fringes of Niger Republic border.

Besides, the operation was recently reinforced with more troops from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services. It is supported by the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing of 207 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force.
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02 august 2018 16:38:28

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