VOICE OF NIGERIA
3 May, 2014
In the wake of a second bomb blast at Nyanya, a suburb near Abuja, the nation’s capital, Nigerian authorities summoned an emergency security meeting to review the security situation in the country.
The meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan with Vice President Namadi Sambo, service chiefs, heads of security agencies
and some ministers in attendance,condemned the latest bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja, and urged all security agencies to rise to the occasion and rescue the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno state.
The meeting while commiserating with the families of the deceased in the latest Nyanya blast directed full medical treatment for the victims at government expense.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Information Mr.Labaran Maku,said the meeting instructed the security agencies to adopt additional proactive measures and increase public awareness to enhance public safety and to end the senseless attacks on Nigerians.
Mr. Maku said “President Jonathan at the meeting directed the security agencies to increase surveillance as Government collaborate with neighbouring countries to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.
“The President directed security chiefs to increase surveillance and
expedite investigation into the explosion to ensure that those behind the heinous act are arrested and brought to justice.”
On the abducted girls, Mr. Maku said a fact-finding committee has been set up to unravel the contradiction and inconsistencies on the information giving as a way of ending the crises.
Mr. Maku said “an extensive and intensive aerial surveillance by the
Air Force has been carried out in all the routes leading into and out of Chibok and to the Chad and Cameroun borders to locate the kidnapped girls.” The meeting further appealed to the members of the public to furnish security agencies with all the information that will assist in the rescue of the girls.
“The President also shares in the pain and anguish of the parents and guardians of the Chibok girls abducted by the terrorists. The
President’s heart goes out to these our unfortunate daughters who have had to endure the trauma of abduction and separation from their loved ones. The government and people of Nigeria stand solidly by them,” Mr. Maku added.
“Government also appreciates the public outpouring of support and the sentiment expressed so far by all Nigerians,including civil society groups who have come out to condemn the abduction of the girls and terrorism in the country. Government strongly believes that
the people of Nigeria, standing together, will overcome the current
security challenges. The President has directed that the security agencies should intensify efforts to rescue the Chibok girls. The
President assures Nigerians that wherever the girls are in the world,
we will get them back, apprehend and punish the culprits,” the Minister added.