Tinubu Directs Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force To Collaborate In Ending Oil Theft, Banditry, Terrorism

Nigerian president, Bola Tinubu, has directed the three arms of the military – the air force, the navy and the army to collaborate and end the security challenges of terrorism, insurgency, banditry, oil theft, among others bedevilling the country.

The president also noted that the three service chiefs must engage him in “frequent consultations and reports” even as he pledged to embark on reforms of the security architecture.

It will be recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Leo Irabor, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao; and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba all met with Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa on Thursday.

Others were the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The Asiwaju Good Governance and Media Centre (AGGMC), a support group on Friday in a statement added that the president in an 80-page policy document already highlighted security as top of his eight-point agenda saying it is the “bedrock of a prosperous and democratic society”.

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The President of the AGGMC, Ochonu Williams, who is also a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, said the meeting was timely and strategic, adding that it would usher in a new era for the country in terms of ensuring adequate security.

He said from the meeting, the President showed that a lot more needed to be done in the fight against Boko Haram, bandits, and other criminal elements.

Williams said the charge for the security agencies to redouble their efforts was key, while noting that the lack of cooperation among the Armed Forces, Police, and others was a danger on its own.

“President Tinubu has given a strong charge to the Security Chiefs to come out with a clear blueprint to end insecurity. He warned that he didn’t have the luxury of time, meaning he demands immediate action.

“The President also wants them to realign their intervention to fit, not just the expectation of Nigerians, but with the mandate that he has given to us. The area of synergy is vital to achieving a single purpose of tackling the challenges of terrorism, insurgency, banditry, oil theft, sea robbery, and piracy among others.

“He also harped on frequent consultations and timely actions on reports at the meeting of the general security appraisal committee. The President pledged to embark on reforms of the security architecture.”