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Insecurity: VP, NSC, 3 Govs in Crucial Meeting (Endless Meetings)

Vice President Namadi Sambo yesterday chaired a meeting of National Security Council (NSC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in which the Council was said to have intensified efforts at addressing the current security problems in the country.This is just as Plateau State Governor; Da Jonah Jang yesterday chided those clamouring for the imposition of a state of emergency in the state, saying they are people who are ignorant of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution. Jang said this yesterday while fielding questions from State House correspondents shortly after the NSC meeting.

At the meeting held at the presidential villa, the NSC met with Governors Ali Modu sheriff of Borno, Jonah Jang of Plateau and Isa Yuguda of Bauchi; governors of some of the states considered as security flash points in the country.

Yesterday’s meeting LEADERSHIP gathered was meant to examine security lapses in the affected states in order to proffer lasting solutions to the incursion and re-occurring sporadic attacks on lives and properties of innocent citizens.

No official statement was issued at the end of the meeting which entered its second phase yesterday; but LEADERSHIP gathered that the federal government expressed its determination to urgently halt the spate of killings in the states, ahead of the 2011 general elections in April.

It was gathered that the meeting took far reaching decision especially, in the area of how to beef up security in the porous zones.

Those who also attended the meeting aside from the governors were Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Oluseyi Petinrin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, National Security Adviser, General Owoye Azazi, Director General of State Security Service Mr. Ekpenyoung Essien Ita, the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, Director General National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ambassador E. Oladeji, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Salamatu Suleiman and representatives of Chief of Naval and Air Staff among others.

Meanwhile, briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Jang who spoke on the latest uprising in his state, commended the federal government for bringing the otherwise ugly situation under control.

He castigated those calling for state of emergency, just as he said that they are ignorant of the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as it gives more powers to state Governors to handle security problems under the state of emergency.

According to him “the latest killings resulted from the activities of some powerful politicians who are frustrated by their inability to control political powers.

“Now that we are going to face elections, some people who think that they are not going to have their way politically, now want to create problems here and there. But, I must say that security are doing their best to curtail the crises.”


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