Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua Friday presided over a high-level security meeting at the Presidential Villa in the capital city of Abuja to deliberate on the deteriorating situation in the restive, oil-producing Niger Delta.
Attacks on oil facilities and kidnappings have recently been on the rise in the oil region, despite a peace accord signed between the federal government and some militant groups.
The Abuja meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Andrew Owoye Azazi; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Luka Yusuf; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye; Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Paul Dike and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro.
Others present at the meeting included the National Security Adviser, Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), heads of other security agencies and some top government functionaries.
The Governors of the oil states of Rivers and Bayelsa, where most of the recent violence and abductions have taken place, were also present.
PANA learnt that the meeting reviewed the security situation in the Niger Delta region, especially in Bayelsa where the fathers of two prominent government officials were recently kidnapped.
”There is no way any responsible government will just fold its arms and watch these events continue. No group, no matter the level of their anger should hold the country or any part of it to ransom. Whichever way it is going to be done, the current deteriorating situation must have to stop,” a source at the meeting said.