The Nigeria’s chief of defence staff has told reporters on Tuesday that the secret service of the IPOB was among the top issues discussed during a security council meeting with the president.
TORI News reported earlier today that President Muhammadu Buhari, met with Service Chiefs in his office at his official residence, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja for a national security council meeting.
Some of those in attendance include the Chief of Defence, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibot-Ete Ibas.
While speaking to correspondents after the high profile security meeting, the chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, revealed that the secret service of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was among the issues discussed at the meeting.
Speaking further on the meeting, which lasted for three hours, Olonisakin said the service chiefs updated the president on developments that arose during his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, and listed the Boko Haram crisis, clash between farmers and herdsmen and kidnapping as some the areas that were touched at the meeting.
He said; “We have been meeting with Mr President for the last three hours. We updated him on all security issues around the country, within the country and outside the country, where our troops are.
“Of course, we have just updated him because he is aware of what’s been happening. He has been receiving regular briefings from the acting president and he has also been going through the print media and electronic media to follow the happenings in the country.
“After the meeting, he has directed on some areas we should look at so as to enhance our operations in the country.”
When asked what Buhari said about IPOB secret service, Olonisakin said: “The issues of security, every security threat, all security threats were treated one after the other ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clash, to IPOB issue.”
Olonisakin said Buhari had directed security agencies to ensure that the unity of the country is preserved. “In his address to the nation, he talked about the unity of the nation which is non-negotiable. We have all been fully instructed to ensure that that directive is carried out to the letter,” he said.
“We are going to enhance our operations in all the areas we need to do that. Like I said, he has given the necessary directives which will be carried out by the military and the security agencies.”