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What we told President, by Buratai, Abubakar


Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai (left) and President Muhammadu Buhari as the COAS arrived to brief the president on security matters at the State House, Abuja…yesterday.<br />

• Cameroon expels 2,600 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with two security chiefs, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, and his Chief of Air Staff counterpart, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar over the security situation in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, Buratai ‎said the visit was to brief the president on the security situation in the areas where soldiers are involved, as well as inform him on the prevailing administration in the army and general welfare of the troops under his authority.

Buratai said Buhari expressed satisfaction with the performance of soldiers in the various areas of engagement, while he assured the Commander-in-Chief that the ‎Army would continue to work within the ambits of the law in the defence of Nigeria’s constitution and the country.

Air Marshall Abubakar ‎described the meeting as routine and assured that the Nigerian Airforce was working hard to ensure a secure environment for citizens to go about their legitimate businesses.

“You are very familiar with that relationship between security and development, and we are working round the clock to ensure that we provide the enabling environment for development,” he said.

Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday disclosed that Cameroon has forcefully returned over 2,600 refugees to Nigerian border villages against their will.

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland that commission’s staff members in Nigeria had heard and documented accounts about Cameroon troops forcing refugees to return to Nigeria, “without allowing them time to collect their belongings.”

Baloch recalled a case where refugees were rounded up during a military offensive against Boko Haram insurgents in the Mandara Mountains on the Cameroonian side of the border. They were then taken in trucks to a camp for displaced people in Banki, in Nigeria’s Borno State.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said improper and pre-registered SIM cards are dangerous to national security.It stressed the need to curtail the activities of those producing it, those using it and those encouraging it.

The Head, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement of NCC, Mr. Efosa Idehen, stated in Port Harcourt yesterday at a sensitisation workshop with law enforcement agencies that security agents need to investigate more, because there are some people who are benefitting from it. He said law enforcement agencies have a lot of work to do for the commission to get it right.

In Borno State, residents of Magumeri town yesterday blamed the Nigerian Army for “failing to act” on intelligence provided by local vigilantes to the military, before Boko Haram attacked the affected community last Wednesday.

The indictment was made at a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the state government to ascertain military’s claim of connivance between Boko Haram and Magumeri residents at Government House, Maiduguri.

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  • Jonathan Goldstorm

    The chief of army staff’s choice of outfit on visiting the president is unfortunate. What happen to his military suit, which is more appropriate? Nigeria need to continue doing a good job and also pay attention to their global image. Images are circulated on the internet, and we should be mindful.