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Regional security meeting ends in Abuja

27 November 2014, 15:14

Abuja - The next meeting of the Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Defence Staff, Heads of Security and Intelligence Services of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Member Countries and Benin would be held in N’djamena, Niger.

This was disclosed in a Joint Communique issued after the conclusion of the fourth such meeting in Abuja.

According to the Communique, the 4th meeting was organized as a follow up action to previous meetings held on security challenges facing countries in the LCBC over the past couple of months.  

It added that the theme of th fourth meeting was “Assessment of the Security Situation and the Joint Measures Taken to Fight Terrorism in the Sub-region.”

The Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) and Heads of Security and Intelligence from member countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria along with their technical experts attended the meeting.

Benin attended the meeting on invitation.

Others who attended the meeting are Executive Secretary of the LCBC, Sanusi Imran Abdulahi, and the Nigeria Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Aliyu Ismail.

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Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, stated that the global security threat was becoming high and an extension of this threat has been felt in the region through the dastardly acts of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) group.

He maintained that the activities of this sect had led to instability and underdevelopment in member states and have continued to cause untold hardship on the citizens.

He mentioned that the fourth meeting was to enable delegates evaluate the implementation of the tasks that were agreed to in the previous meetings of the LCBC as well as consider recent developments as a result of the BHT aggression.

The Executive Secretary of the LCBC informed members that the meeting was organized to provide another opportunity to finalize plans on collective measures in the on-going war against terrorism.

He requested members to continue to operate within the existing arrangement as best as possible.

The dates for the next meeting are yet to be confirmed.

- CAJ News


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