President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday held another meeting to address the security challenges in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
A similar meeting was held last week at the office of the Senate President with top officials directly charged with the security of the FCT.
Lawan explained that Monday’s meeting was to widen the scope of interaction and find solution to the security situation in the FCT.
According to a statement by the special adviser to the senate president on media, Ola Awoniyi, “Unlike the previous meetings, Monday’s meeting was attended by the Minister of Communications, Isa Ali Ibrahim and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar along other top officials directly involved in the security of Abuja.
He said the presence of the communication minister was to show that the way forward would require application of information technology while the presence of the NIA DG was to attend to the international dimension in addition to the national security challenge facing Abuja.
“Lawan is concerned that Abuja, being the seat of power, should have a better security situation than it is now”, Awoniyi said.
“This is the seat of government and I believe that it will be a reflection of what the security situation in Nigeria is. The story is not very good.
“This meeting will therefore look into every possible solution going forward on how to address the security situation,” Lawan was quoted as saying.
Some senators in attendance include the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate committee on Interior, Senator Kashim Shettima, Chairman, Senate committee on Police Affairs, Senator Halliru Jika and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.
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