By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday gave marching orders to security chiefs to block the inflow of illegal arms into the country.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting with the security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, said the meeting was to further reappraise the president on the actions taken after the last meeting.
The Naval Chief said the President expressed happiness over the efforts the armed forces and the security agencies are making to tackle the security challenges.
He said “I’m sure you will recall we met just about two weeks ago but the President has called for this meeting given that tomorrow he will be sworn in. Of course basically the meeting was to further reappraise the actions taken after the last meeting.
“You all recall too the spate of insecurity particularly armed banditry, kidnapping and robbery had been specifically on the increase in some parts of the country.
“The briefings were to the effect that we had better responses from the military and security agencies in those areas that we have earlier mentioned
“This is particularly because of the improved synergy amongst the various agencies that are providing information and intelligence.
“Furthermore we have also had members of the public voluntarily offer information to the areas of the security challenges.
“I think on the whole Mr. President was happy with the security situation, the efforts that the armed forces and the security agencies are carrying out to tackle the security challenges.
“Another area of concern was the arms inflow into the nation. It is only God perhaps that can police such an expands of border that we have.
“That is an areas that Mr. President has directed that we do all that we can to ensure that we block the gaps and those security areas that we also need to address.
The Naval Chief contended that the solution is to identify other means and strategies of addressing the border porous nature.
He ,however, added that the military responsibility is to defend the country but there are other agencies of government that are responsible for manning the various border openings.
According to him, an option is the surveillance in the air pointing out that other things are being considered.
When asked if it was a valedictory meeting as well?he said”Valedictory? I’m not too sure. But I do know that the inauguration of Mr. President is tomorrow.
On how prepared are the security chiefs for the President’s inauguration ceremony today,he said “the committee that is inaugurated to handle that has briefed and I think they are prepared in all that.They have a sub committee that is responsible for security as well.
The meeting was attended by the minister for Defence, Alhaji Dan Ali, chief of defence staff, Gen Abayomi Olonishakin, chief of army staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, chief of naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, chief of policy and plan, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Achebi, and the inspector-general of police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu.
Others were the national security adviser (NSA), Alhaji Babagana Monguno, the director-general (DG) of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi, the DG of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Alhaji Rufai Abubakar, and the chief of defence intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Saliu Usman.