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Banditry/Terrorism:  CDS, Service Chiefs, IGP, DG DSS, DG NIA, NSCDC CG meet to strategize workable synergy; Security is everybody’s business – CDS.

Against the backdrop of the dissatisfaction expressed by President Muhammadu Buhari over lack of workable synergy among the military, police and other security agencies in the fight against insecurity in the country, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin on Tuesday presided over a meeting of military, Police and Intelligence Chiefs at the Defence headquarters. 

The lack of observed synergy and the loophole created among the security agencies had been capitalized upon severally, by terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements, to wreak havoc and killings on hundreds of innocent citizens across the country, unabated. 

The meeting according to the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, deliberated on current security situation in parts of the country.

Enenche said, “The meeting was one of the series of meetings to re-strategize and enhance existing synergy among all security agencies to address the lingering security challenges bedeviling the nation” he said.

“The meeting, which was well attended by Heads of security architecture in the country, dwelled on developing and mapping out new strategies to promptly address the untoward security situation rising from banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling as well as other sundry criminalities particularly in the North West, North East and North Central parts of the country”.

“The Service Chiefs and Heads of Security Agencies noted that essential consultations have been made with relevant stakeholders across the country with a view to collaborating with the military and security agencies to promptly address the security challenges and bring respite 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.

Present at the meeting were the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Inspector General of Police Adamu Muhammed.

Also in attendance were the Director General Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi, Director General Nigerian Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar, Chief of Defence Intelligence Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Sani Usman and the Commandant General Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Abdullahi Mohammadu. 

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