Buhari, security chiefs meet in Abuja after robbery in Aso Rock Villa
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
May 11, 2021
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Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Nigeria’s security chiefs met at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.
The meeting was organized just over 24 hours after the armed robbery incident occurred in the Presidential Villa which the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President and other principal officers were attacked, Ibrahim Gambari stated, on Monday.
The Presidency through its Twitter handle announced the meeting but did not give details of its agenda of the emergency get-together.
The meeting however is expected to review the present security challenges bedeviling the nation.
Recall that there had been previous security meetings on Friday, April 30, and Monday, May 4 respectively.
The meeting, which commenced at exactly 10:00 am, was held at the Conference Hall, Office of the First Lady of the country.
The presidency tweeted, “Security Meeting ongoing, at the State House. President @MBuhari presiding, Vice President, SGF, NSA, Ministers, Service Chiefs, IGP, Intelligence Chiefs in attendance. #AsoVillaToday #SecuringNigeria.”
Among others, officials at the meeting include the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno.
Equally in attendance in 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.
Republic Underground had earlier reported to you that there was an armed robbery incident in the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, early Monday morning.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Monday confirmed “a foolish attempt” to burgle the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.
He stated that the ugly incident that happened around 3:00 am was not successful.
Garba Shehu wrote, “The Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there ‘was a foolish attempt’ to burgle his residence at 3 am 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.”
Peoples Gazette, an online media outlet had earlier in the day reported that armed men believed to be robbers invaded the premises of two senior aides to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa.
The media organization reported that the incident forced Gambari and the administrative officer, Abubakar Maikano, to abandon their homes in search of safe places to stay.
The medium had quoted a source saying, “Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses.”