Senate meets service chiefs over worsening insecurity

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, held a crucial meeting with military chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies over the deteriorating security situation in the country.

He also led other principal officers of the Senate and chairmen of the Senate security-related committees to the crucial meeting.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, also led to the talks the three Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, heads of Intelligence agencies like NIA and DSS and also Commandant General of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

 

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The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) was represented because he was attending the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the time.

In his opening remarks before the meeting went into closed-door session, the Senate President said the meeting was at the instance of the Senate leadership.

Lawan told the security chiefs that the National Assembly has shown enough commitment like the executive arm of government and has appropriated funds to tackle insecurity, adding that the meeting was conveyed to look at the missing links and find possible solutions.

Lawan said, “The current situation is now frightening as there is now no where to go and no where to hide as the FCT, the seat of Government is now under siege.

“The security concerns has crippled the economy and key sectors, notably Agriculture, describing it as unfortunate.”

 

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The President of the Senate who noted that there was need for security agents to look into ungoverned spaces in the rural areas, said that it has become so bad that Nigeria is no longer attractive to foreign direct investment.

Lawan who attributed the low national revenue to crude oil theft and dwindling revenue are key areas of concern to Nigerians, said that the expectation is to begin to see drastic, immediate improvement in the security situation.

On his part, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor who noted that issues of National Security must be seen from a collective perspective, said that a lot has happened and more was being done to improve the security situation of the country.

“that quite a lot has happened, quite a lot has been done, quite a lot is being done to ensure that we improve on the security situation across the country.

“The commitment is there. It’s very profound. I believe that as we go into discussions on specifics, it will be clear that no one is leaving any stone unturned in redressing all the imbalances within the security environment.” Gen Lucky Irabor said

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