At a security meeting summoned by Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 9, the president ordered the nation’s security chiefs to ensure ‘Nigerians slept with their two eyes closed’ and without fears.
The revelation was made by the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, after the meeting held inside the Aso Rock Villa. Speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja after the meeting, Ibas said they met with the president to give him situation report in the country.
According to him, the president was briefed on what had happened with emphasis on the proliferation of small arms and what the various agencies were doing to curtail the situation.
Leadership quotes Ibas as saying: “He (president) has also given directives that the agencies should do more to ensure that Nigerians go to bed and wake up feeling healthy and confident that their security is guaranteed.”
The CNS further said there had been a remarkable drop in the number of kidnappings across the country. He also said that the security situation in the country had also improved.
“You will recall during the last meeting, the inspector-general (IG) was directed to ensure the safety of the citizens and consequently, various operations were set up; ‘Puff Adder’ was one of the strategies.
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“With the setting up of that operations, there have been a remarkable drop in the number of kidnappings,” Ibas said. He added that 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,” Ibas said.