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Tinubu meets service chiefs, demand collaboration

President Bola Tinubu (centre) with Nigeria’s service chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies at the State House in Abuja on June 1, 2023. Photo Credit: President’s Personal Photographer, Nosa Asemota

President Bola Tinubu has met with service chiefs for the first time since assumption into office, demanding security agencies to strengthen coordination and not to work at cross purposes.

Addressing State House correspondents, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, who carried the President’s message, revealed that the President expects frequent consultations with service chiefs in tandem with the demands of the nation and will embark on a lot of reforms.

The President also directed the security agencies to create a blueprint to address the issue of crude oil theft, stressing that modifications will be made to meet the needs of the changing times.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao;  and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba were among those present at the President’s first meeting with the heads of the nation’s security and intelligence agencies

Others include Yusuf Bichi, Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), and Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

Government organisations have continued to brief Preside Bola Ahmed Tinubu, since his assumption of office on May 29.

Tinubu meets EFCC

Tinubu yesterday May 31st, had a closed door meeting with the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The agenda of the meeting could not be ascertained, but it is believed that it is not unconnected with the recent situation at the Lagos office of the EFCC, where the operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) reportedly barricaded the building.

Writing by Julian Osamoto