President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met behind closed-doors with the nation’s security chiefs.
The meeting, Punch correspondent learnt, reviewed the military operations in the troubled Niger Delta region and the ongoing anti-terrorism war in the North-East.
Security chiefs who attended the meeting included the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ibas; Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke; and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.); National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Munguno (retd.); Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.
They did not speak with journalists at the end of the meeting that lasted over three hours.
Olonisakin quickly moved to his waiting car as he came out of the venue of the meeting.
When Buratai was approached for comment, he directed journalists to the CDS who was already been driven out of the premises.
The Presidency did not issue any official statement on either the agenda or the outcome of the meeting.
Meanwhile, the new acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will on Friday (today) visit troubled Gbaramatu Kingdom and Itsekiri community of Ugborodo where he is expected to hold talks with prominent Ijaw and Itsekiri leaders over renewed hostilities in the Niger Delta.
Gbaramatu kingdom and Ugborodo are situated in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
One of Punch correspondents gathered on Thursday that the new police boss would carry out on-the-spot assessment on some damaged oil and gas facilities in the region during the visit.
It was gathered that the IGP would also hold peace talks with the kinsmen of wanted ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo otherwise called Tompolo.
Oporoza is the home to Tompolo, who is wanted for alleged money laundering charges preferred against him by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The spokesperson for the Delta State Police Command, SP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the visit, however, declined to reveal the details of Idris visit.
But independent investigation by Punch correspondent revealed that the visit was to hold peace talks with community leaders where oil installations had been attacked by militant groups including the Niger Delta Avengers.
A source added that the acting IGP would hold talks with youths and elders ahead of the commencement of works at the Delta Gas City project otherwise called Exports Processing Zone.
The security source added that the meeting would hold at Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu people.
“It’s true that the new acting IGP is visiting Warri South West in Delta State tomorrow (today) to hold talks with some leaders of Ijaw and Itsekiri following recent attacks on oil facilities in that area.
“The IGP is very interested in resolving the renewed crisis in the region. His visit is part of the dialogue option being explored by the Federal Government to halt further hostilities especially on oil and gas installations in this area,” the source said.