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Again, Jonathan, service chiefs meet over insecurity

By The Citizen

Barely 24 hours after prominent traditional rulers from the northern part of the country under the aegis of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council (NTRC) met with President Goodluck Jonathan and presented him with their road-map on how to resolve the security challenges, President Jonathan Tuesday met with the nation's security chiefs. The Tuesday's meeting, it was learnt, was a follow-up to the one held a fortnight ago when the Presidency announced the decision to raise a committee that would advise on the viability or otherwise of amnesty for members of Boko Haram. The meeting between the President and service chiefs, it was learnt, was ostensibly to consider the report of the Amnesty Security Committee set up two weeks ago for consideration of modalities and feasibility of granting amnesty to Boko Haram members. At the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ibrahim Ola Said, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika; his Naval counterpart, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba; that of Air Force, Air Marshal Alex Badeh; Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar,  among others. The meeting also was meant to consider the position paper presented on Monday night to President Jonathan by the Northern Traditional Rulers Council. The outcome of the meeting, which had the Vice President, Namadi Sambo in attendance, was not made available to State House correspondents who tried to get officials for comments. Instead, they all walked towards their waiting cars and drove off.