Following the spate of killing by the Fulani Herdsmen in many states of the country, the Presidency has directed security Chiefs to stop the trend and secure lives and property of Nigerians all over the country.
This was part of the task handed to the security chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari after a security meeting with the the country’s security chiefs in what was believed to be part of efforts aimed at curtailing the security challenges being witnessed across the country.
The meeting, which was also attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The 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), also attended.
It was held amidst concerns over the spate of killings by people suspected to be herdsmen in some parts of the country, and abductions in other parts.
The meeting was an extended one, as the number of participants was extended to accommodate the heads of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Commission, Nigeria Prisons Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
These are apart from the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who meet with the President regularly.
Service chiefs who attended the meeting included the 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.
Others are the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; and the Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.
None of those who attended the meeting was willing to speak with State House correspondents when approached for comments at the end of the meeting.
However, sources close to Nigerian NewsDirect said the President had ordered the security chiefs to deal with anyone or group behind the murder, assassination, kidnapping and other social vices in the country.
Yesterday, the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) lamented that the cost of operations of companies through provision of alternate security for their company, staff and product as increased by 12%. The Chambers also highlighted several economic crises that will arise if insecurity and wantom killing by herdmen is not tackled by the government.