The Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police, and other heads of security agencies on Tuesday, September 7, briefed Nigeria’s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
According to our correspondent, attendees at the conference are scheduled to brief the President on the current security situation around the country as well as provide solutions to the security challenge.
Other top government officials present at the meeting are the Ministers of Defence, Bashir Magashi; Justice, Abubakar Malami; Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi; Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
This was disclosed by Presidential Media Aide, Femi Adesina in a Facebook post titled “President Buhari receives Security Briefing in State House on 7th Sep 2021″.
This is coming on the heels of increased cases of banditry, kidnappings, and killings around the country.
The country’s insecurity has exacerbated with the formation of criminal gangs, many of which have hundreds of members, who raid towns, poach animals, and abduct locals for ransom after plundering and burning their homes.
Many northern states, especially Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, and Niger states are the worst hit with people being kidnapped for weeks and months on end.
However, the insecurity is also affecting states in the South-West and South-East.
Just of recent, hundreds of pupils have been kidnapped at schools, and parents have been requested to pay large sums of money as ransom.
As at December 2020, an estimated 1,000 students had been detained in similar raids, though most of the students were later released from the bandits custody after negotiations with the federal government.
In a bid to fight banditry, Telecoms firms have been asked to cease operations in some locations in order to combat banditry.
Motorcycle traffic, cattle dealing, and fuel sales have also been restricted in some states, all in an attempt to cripple the operations of the bandits and kidnappers.