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Buhari sad over security challenges – NSA

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to immediately rescue all persons being held captive by terrorists and other criminal elements unhurt.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno said this in Abuja while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of today’s security meeting.

Mr Monguno said President Buhari had expressed unhappiness about the recent ugly security challenges in the country, wherein innocent lives were wasted and others taken captive.

He said heads of security agencies would urgently swing into action with much-needed vigour and with the deployment of newly-acquired technology to carry out the President’s directive.

The NSA, however, called on Nigerians to support security agencies with credible intelligence to enable them secure the nation.

Mr Monguno acknowledged that some elements within the security circle could compromise intelligence provided and jeopardise the lives of patriotic volunteers, but gave the assurance that measures had been taken against that.

Also briefing newsmen, the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba, assured Nigerians that necessary evaluations had been made to ensure a peaceful conduct of the forthcoming staggered elections in Ekiti and Osun States, as well as next year’s general election.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor