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FG dismisses US insecurity alert in Abuja, says alert a needless hype

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
31 October 2022   |   1:26 pm
The federal government on Monday categorically dispelled the trending fear instigated by the United States (US) security alert about Nigeria, especially Abuja, saying that citizens are not in any form of danger. National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) spoke to newsmen after an emergency National Security Council meeting at the behest of…

President Muhammadu Buhari (left); National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and service chiefs during another security briefing at the State House, Abuja… yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA<br />

The federal government on Monday categorically dispelled the trending fear instigated by the United States (US) security alert about Nigeria, especially Abuja, saying that citizens are not in any form of danger.

National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) spoke to newsmen after an emergency National Security Council meeting at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Gen Monguno was joined while addressing the newsmen, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

According to the NSA, the panic, which trailed the US terror alert, addressed to its citizens in Nigeria, was needless as the hype and the sense of insecurity it created were unfounded and unnecessary, urging citizens and other residents to go about their businesses without entertaining any apprehension.

He also said the Nigerian Military, and other security and intelligence agencies were up to the task in their duty to ensure that all Nigerians and every part of the country were safe for all.

Others who attended the emergency National Security Council meeting included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Also present were Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Irabor led the service chiefs which included the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao as well as the Chief of Defense Intelligence, Major-General Samuel Adebayo to the closed-door meeting.