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President Muhammadu Buhari (L) assisted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (2nd R) in decorating ADC to the President, Lt.-Col Yusuf Dodo to his new rank of a Colonel during a Security Meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, November 25, 2021
Security agencies were again on Thursday ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the resurgence of kidnapping and other crimes on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway as well as other roads across the country.
Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, said the president gave the directive while presiding over the meeting of the National Security Council, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.
Aregbesola, who addressed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said the police and other security agencies had been mobilised to intensify surveillance and patrols in pursuing of the criminals.
Said the Minister: “Abuja-Kaduna belt was discussed specifically, but we appreciated the fact that we are in the season of festivity.
“All agencies committed to providing security for Nigeria and the maintenance of law and order have been ordered to improve on their activities.
“They have also been ordered to intensify surveillance and minimise, if not eliminate any threat to law and order anywhere in Nigeria”.
He said President Buhari particularly ordered the armed forces and other security agencies and intelligence organisations, not to rest on their oars.
This, the president noted, was in spite of the progress and efforts being made to eliminate insurgency, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and all the other criminalities.
According to Aregbesola, the president said that country was not yet where it should be, but Nigerians deserve to live in peace, and until that was achieved three would be no rest.
The minister assured that Nigerians would soon witness serious security improvement as specific orders had been given to all security agencies to tackle security challenges across the country.
Said he: “Specific orders have been given to all security agencies. We’ll see an improved response to all those challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria in whatever form and creating insecurity anywhere.
“The Council today (Thursday) took a firm decision on what to be done.
“I am convinced that with the renewed charge to our security agencies from the military to the police, to intelligence organisations and all other security forces, certainly Nigerians will feel and live better going forward’’.
The minister said the president was particularly pleased with the way the November 6 Anambra gubernatorial election was conducted.
Prof. Charles Soludo, former CBN Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, emerged winner in the election after polling 112,229 votes.
Said Aregbesola: “The president was particularly happy with the fact that a free and fair election was made possible by the INEC and by the security agencies.
“And that that is a good assurance to all Nigerians that we are committed to promoting democracy; that is in respect of Anambra election”.
The minister said the president expressed delight at the election of Nigeria’s AIG Garba Umar, Head of INTERPOL National Central Bureau, as Vice-President (Africa) and Executive Committee Member of INTERPOL.
Informed he: “The council was briefed about the election today of a Nigerian, AIG Umaru, who emerged out of four other candidates as the vice-president of Interpol for Africa.
“This means that a Nigerian today represents the 54 African nations at the INTERPOL.
“The election took place on Thursday, a couple of hours ago. And he emerged as the vice-president of NTERPOL in Africa, representing the 54 African nations. That too was discussed, appreciated and applauded’’.
In attendance at Thursday’s National Security Council meeting were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno.
Others were the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irabor, and Service Chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force as well as the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.
Before the commencement of the meeting, President Buhari with the assistance of Vice-President Osinbajo decorated Buhari’s Aide de Camp, Col. Yusuf Dodo, with his new rank.