By Danladi Al-Hassan
President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the Service Chiefs and Heads of security agencies to work towards checking the high level of insecurity in the country.
President Buhari at his second meeting with the Service Chiefs within 48 hours, said Nigerians ought go to bed with their eyes closed.
Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff (CONS), disclosed this while briefing state house correspondents on the outcome of the meeting which lasted for about four hours on Thursday.
“The meeting was just basically to appraise Mr. President of the security situation generally after his short vacation abroad,” he said.
“The security agencies briefed him on what has been happening with particular emphasis on the proliferation of small arms and what the various agencies are doing to curtail the consequences of this proliferation.
“He has also given directives that the agencies should do much more to ensure that Nigerians go to bed and wake up feeling healthy and confident that their security is guaranteed.”
Ibas said the security forces are mapping out strategies to combat the high rate of kidnapping in the country.
“You will recall during the last meeting, the IG was directed to ensure insecurity is addressed and consequently various operations were set up; Puff Adder was one of the strategies. With the set up of that operations there have been a remarkable drop in the number of kidnappings. What normally would attract attention is when a key person in government perhaps is kidnapped. On the whole, the number of kidnappings has dropped and generally I think the security situation is improving.”
He added that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the kidnap of Musa Ibas, district head of Daura.
“Serious efforts are being made, key suspects have been arrested and it is hoped that in a short while, those behind the heinous crime will be brought to book,” he said.
Umar was kidnapped at his residence shortly after he returned from the mosque where he took part in the evening prayer.