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Insecurity: Buhari to meet with service chiefs

President Buhari for the 4th time presides over the Council of State meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari is to meet with security chiefs next week to review the lingering security situation in the country with a view to finding an effective solution.

Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, who disclosed this in Abuja while speaking with newsmen shortly after today’s Council of State meeting, said the President’s proposed meeting with security chiefs was recommended by the Council.

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, also said the Council of State had approved 159, out of the 162 applications presented for consideration for the prerogative of mercy for convicts and inmates in correctional centers.

He explained that the meeting rejected a proposal to grant pardon to former Bank PHB Managing Director, Francis Atuche, who was sentenced to 120 years for stealing over ₦25 billion.

According to him, the Council of State also rejected the post-humous pardon of former Chief Security Officer to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obuah, who was accused of benefiting from an oil bunkering deal, an allegation he denied, but the panel which investigated him was dissatisfied with his explanation and recommended his dismissal from the DSS.

Also, briefing newsmen, the Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume, said the meeting approved the conferment of the National Honours Award on 434 Nigerians, who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavour.

The Council of State is an organ of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of advising the executive on policy matters.

The meeting had in attendance; Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo, former Heads of State Yakubu Gowon, and Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Governors of Kaduna, Jigawa, Ekiti, Zamfara, Kebbi, Imo and Kano are also in attendance, while the rest of the Governors are participating virtually.

Similarly, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the National security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari are in attendance.

Before the commencement of the meeting, a minute’s silence was observed in memory and honour of the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, who died early this year, at 85.

Reporting by Abdallah Bello; editing by Muzha Kucha