Sunday, May 9

Insecurity: Service Chiefs Meet Oyo Government

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irhabor, has led other military chiefs to hold a meeting with the Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde.

The Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan represented Makinde to receive the Service Chiefs.

Service chiefs who accompanied Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor on the visit included Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Zubairu Gambo; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao; outgoing General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Major General Anthony Omozoje.

General Irabor assured that the Nigeria Armed Forces is working assiduously to end all issues of insecurity facing Nigeria.

He said: “The leadership hierarchy of the Nigeria Armed Forces changed very recently and we considered it expedient to go round to see our troops, officers to familiarise ourselves with them and beyond that to equally bring the charge of Mr President to them having being charged to take all measures necessary to address the various security challenges across the country in partnership with other security agencies.

“We have had specific interaction with our troops and we felt it necessary to let you know that we are working assiduously to address all issues that have to do with insecurity, of course, in partnership with other security agencies.

“We know that the military stands ready to give support to the authority and see that cases of insecurity are addressed holistically. We know that the police remains the first tier of internal security and where the police need the intervention of the Army, we stand very ready to give support to the police.”

Oyo deputy governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan who received the service chiefs on behalf of Governor Makinde, demanded the Nigerian Armed Forces to deploy more troops to the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

Stressing that criminals should be tackled without ethnic/religious colourations, Makinde harped on the importance of synergy among security agencies to ensure the maintenance of law and order.

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