Jonathan, Security Chiefs In Crucial Meeting


Nigeria's Chief of Defence Alex Badeh

By Nuel Suji, Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan is currently engaged in a crucial meeting with the military service chiefs at the State House, Abuja.

Also present at the meeting is the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega.

The meeting which commenced at 11:20a.m behind closed door, sources say, is convened to review the levels of preparations by the INEC and the security agencies for the 2015 general elections.

The security chiefs are expected to give an update on security situations especially in the troubled northeast region where it has been battling the Boko Haram insurgents.

Also, Jega is expected to brief the National Security Council on the commission’s state of preparedness for the general elections.

The service chiefs in attendance are Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, Inspector-General of Police Suleiman Abba as well as the heads of the Department of State Security and the National Intelligence Agency.

Also at the meeting are Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Chief of Staff to the President, General Jones Arogbofa (rtd.), National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Aminu Wali and Police Affairs Minister Mr. Jelili Adesiyan.