President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday held a three-hour closed-door meeting with the nation’s security service chiefs.
Our correspondent gathered that during the meeting held in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja, issues related to the military operations in the troubled Niger Delta region and the ongoing anti-terrorism war in the North East were reviewed.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ibas; Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke; and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, were the service chiefs at the meeting.
Also at the meeting were the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.); National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Munguno (retd.); Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.
None of those present at the over three-hour meeting with President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo, however, spoke with journalists when it ended.
Olonisakin dashed into his waiting car as he emerged from the venue of the meeting.
The chief of Army staff, Buratai was evasive as he directed journalists to the CDS whose convoy had already left the premises.
Also, the Presidency, as at the time of filing this report had yet to issue any official statement on the meeting.