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Sambo summons security chiefs

19 June 2012, 17:11

Abuja - Vice-President Namadi Sambo summoned Security Chiefs and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Abubakar Muhammed, to his office  in Abuja on Tuesday to assess the security situation in the country.

The emergency meeting might not be unconnected to violent activities of the Boko Haram militant group in some parts of the country.

The group claimed responsibility for Sunday’s explosions in Kaduna and Zaria.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, the National Security Adviser to the President, retired Lt.-Gen. Andrew Azazi, confirmed that the meeting was meant to find lasting solution to cases of insecurity in the country.

 He condemned Sunday’s bombing of three churches in Kaduna and Zaria and the subsequent reprisal killings of innocent persons in Kaduna State.

He said that the situation in Kaduna had been brought under control following the intervention of security forces and religious leaders.

Azazi described the reprisal killings in Kaduna as criminal and appealed to religious leaders to call their adherents to order.

``Whatever is the situation, you have to end up talking.

``We want leaders to be proactive, we want church leaders to be proactive; we want youth leaders to be proactive to make sure that what you call reprisal doesn't make sense to anybody.

``What we need to do is to be mindful that look somebody is killing somebody in Zaria and you are retaliating somewhere in Zonkwa, that’s criminality.

``Things happen, as a nation, as a people, we must address the situation not necessarily by killing each other.’’

Azazi who commended the people of Kano State for their cooperation and assistance in the fight against terrorism in the state, called on media organisations to partner with security agencies in addressing security challenges in the country.

``In certain parts of the country today and I will give an example like Kano; they are more proactive. So, you find that you are able to arrest the situation before it gets to this level.

``But that notwithstanding, even a small country like Israel where you have terrorism in spite of all the walls, once in a while, they still succeed in detonating bombs.

``So, we will like to arrest the situation as soon as possible, but we need everybody's help to discover where these are coming from.’’

The meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Oluseyi Petirin; the Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika; the Chief of Navy Staff, Ola Ibrahim; the Chief of Air Staff, Muhammed Umar and the Director-General of the State Security Service,  Mr Ita Ekpeyong.



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