Security Council applauds current strategy against insecurity

The National Security Council has passed a confidence vote on the security forces’ current strategy to deal with insecurity, which it says has brought relative peace to the country.

Briefing correspondents on the outcome of the National Security Council meeting presided over Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, who was accompanied by his police affairs counterpart Mohammed Dingyadi, said the council noted with satisfaction the performance of the security services and the gains they have made in recent times.

He said the council also praised the police for their good performance in states where elections were recently held.

Aregbesola said the council is concerned about the remaining kidnapping victims in the country, especially those kidnapped in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, noting that no effort will be spared to save them alive.

He assured that the attackers will not go unpunished as they will be dealt with in due course.

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The minister said the council warned the National Task Force about the ban on illegal import/smuggling of arms, ammunition, light weapons, chemicals and pipeline vandalism (NATFORCE) to dissolve itself to force the government into action.

Recall that, despite protests from security experts, in June the Senate passed the bill establishing the National Commission for the Coordination and Control of the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, which has NATFORCE as one of its components.

The House of Representatives is expected to approve its version when the current pause resumes.

The Minister of Police Affairs also said that the arrest and detention of the chief negotiator with terrorists, Tukur Mamu, does not mean that contact with the kidnappers will be lost, showing that there are others who are the intermediaries between them and stakeholders.

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