Today, Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser (NSA), will take the lead in a Senate meeting alongside ministers and service chiefs to address the escalating insecurity issues across the nation.
The scheduled meeting, originally slated for the previous Wednesday, was rescheduled to today, February 13, due to the absence of certain heads of intelligence agencies.
Present at the meeting were the Chief of Army Staff, Taoreed Lagbaja; the Chief of Naval Staff, Emmanuel Ogalla; and the Chief of Air Staff, Hassan Abubakar. Additionally, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, were in attendance at the Senate session.
Notably absent were the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo; the Minister of State for Defence, the Chief of Defence Staff, Christopher Musa; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
Before adjourning the meeting, Akpabio instructed the Clerk of the Senate to notify the heads of the security agencies that were absent to ensure their presence at the subsequent meeting.
During his remarks, Akpabio highlighted concerns regarding the reported infiltration of the federal capital territory (FCT) in areas such as Kubwa and Bwari and the existence of cells in these locations.
He emphasised the Senate’s role as representatives of the Nigerian people and stressed the importance of addressing security threats in the FCT.