Buhari in Emergency security meeting after robbery attempt in Aso Rock
May 11, 2021
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Nigeria’s security chiefs on Tuesday met at the State House, Abuja.
The meeting came over 24 hours after armed robbers attempted to attack the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, on Monday.
The Presidency announced the meeting via its Twitter handle but did not give details of its agenda.
However, the meeting is expected to review the current security situation in the country.
Before the meeting, there had been previous security meetings on Friday, April 30, and Monday, May 4.
The meeting, which started at 10 am, held at the Conference Hall of the Office of the First Lady.
“Security Meeting ongoing, at the State House. President @MBuhari
presiding, Vice President, SGF, NSA, Ministers, Service Chiefs, IGP, Intelligence Chiefs in attendance. #AsoVillaToday #SecuringNigeria,” the presidency tweeted.
Among others at the meeting are the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno.
Also attending the meeting are the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Minister of Defense, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Retd.) and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday confirmed “a foolish attempt” to burgle the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He claimed that the incident that happened around 3 am was not successful.
The presidential aide wrote, “The Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there ‘was a foolish attempt’ to burgle his residence at 3am this morning, but it turned out to be unsuccessful.
“Prof Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”
An online newspaper, Peoples Gazette, had earlier in the day reported that armed men suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa.
The medium reported that the incident forced Gambari and the administrative officer, Abubakar Maikano, to abandon their residences.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” the medium had quoted a source as saying.
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