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Insecurity: Buhari orders NSA, IGP, others to Sokoto, Katsina

By Terhemba Daka (Abuja) and Odun Edward (Ilorin)
11 December 2021   |   3:12 am
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, dispatched a delegation, made up of the heads of the nation’s intelligence and security services, to Sokoto and Katsina states in response

Retired Perm Sec Kidnapped in Kwara

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, dispatched a delegation, made up of the heads of the nation’s intelligence and security services, to Sokoto and Katsina states in response to the recent spike in activities of bandits.

The development came on the heels of the President inaugurating Navy ships, patrol boats, and a helicopter at the Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island in Lagos to boost security at the maritime borders.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari Sends Security, Intelligence Heads To Sokoto, Katsina.’

According to Shehu, “The President is expecting an immediate situation report and recommendations on actions to follow to effectively deal with the worrying situation.”

The delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (rtd) is made up of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi; Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General Samuel Adebayo.

Buhari had earlier ordered a manhunt of those behind the gruesome murder of the Katsina State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Dr. Rabe Nasir. He was killed on Wednesday in his house located at Fatima Shema Quarters, Katsina.

This followed an attack by bandits on travellers from Sokoto to Kaduna State, leading to the death of 23 persons.

Meanwhile, relations of a retired permanent secretary in Kwara State, Dr. Zubair Erubu, who at present is in kidnappers’ den, are calling on the police command to urgently come to his aid.

A member of his family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, and the command’s spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident, yesterday, in Ilorin.

Erubu was abducted around 10 pm on Thursday at Ago-Oja, Asa Local Government Area of the state.

The retired high-ranking civil servant, who is also the Mogaji Erubu of Ilorin, was said to be returning from Ilorin metropolis to retire at his Ago-Oja residence when the kidnappers seized him at gunpoint.

Eburu was said to be in Ilorin earlier on a fateful day to attend to a patient, who was undergoing treatment in his medical facility located in Ilorin.

As of the time of filing this report, the family of the retired permanent secretary was yet to be contacted.

The police command confirmed the abduction in a terse statement issued in Ilorin, yesterday.

According to Okasanmi, the Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, had directed a rescue operation to ensure timely release of the victim.