On Thursday, April 21, President Muhammadu Buhari directed security services to liberate all hostages held hostage by kidnappers and terrorists across the country.
The president gave the order, according to the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, at the National Security Council’s first meeting in 2022. The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
He said Buhari voiced his disgust and concern about the country’s ongoing murderous operations by bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers.
“The President spoke about his sadness in respect of recent security challenges; and developments we have had in the country. In particular, the incident in which several Nigerians lost their lives with many more taken into captivity by criminals and bandits.
“Not just those that were captured during the last Kaduna –bound train incident; but those that have been in captivity in other parts of the country.
“The President has directed all the operational and intelligence elements to rescue all of these innocent people immediately and unhurt. This is the basis on which other issues were discussed.
“The Chief of Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) all briefed the President on occurrences in their respective organisations.”
He disclosed that he made some recommendations on how best to tackle the security challenges confronting the nation.
“I submitted a memo to Council and my recommendations are being looked into by the President.
“My recommendations are wide-ranging and they touch on all aspects of security; starting with the level of security of our land borders as well as within the country itself,’’ he said.
According to Monguno, decisive steps are being taken to secure all the land borders of the country; in order to address security threats emanating from the affected border areas.
He said the threats had now shifted from the North-Eastern part of the country to the North-West and North-Central, but that must be contained.
“It has to be contained collectively by both the Armed Forces and constabulary forces but the intelligence agencies have also been directed to enhance the acquisition of intelligence,” he added.