President Goodluck Jonathan has asked security Chiefs in Nigeria to ensure that those behind Thursday’s bomb blast in Nyanya are arrested and made to face the consequences of their actions.
The blast killed at least 19 persons and injured over 100.
President gave the order during a meeting with the Security Chiefs on Friday in Abuja called to discuss the security situation in the north.
He also set up a fact finding committee comprising security agencies, civil society groups, international organisations and others to
get to the roost of the whereabouts of the girls abducted by suspected members of the Boko Haram on April 14 and rescue them.
At the high level security meeting held on Friday, President Jonathan asked the Security Chiefs to increase surveillance and increase investigation into the explosion to ensure that those behind the act were arrested and brought to justice.
In attendance were the chief of defense staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosun.
Also at the meeting were the Director-General of the Department of State Security, Mr Ekpenyong Ita and the Minister of Defense, Rtd General Aliyu Gusau.
While briefing reporters after the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said that the committee would help resolve the conflicting reports on the number of girls kidnapped and other issues.
He assured Nigerians that the country would not shut down because of terrorists and also assured those who would attend the World Economic Forum on Africa of safety.
From the Minister’s brief, it was obvious that the meeting centred on three issues, the Thursday’s bomb blast in Nyanya, the state of the abducted Chibok girls, two weeks after their abduction and general insecurity in Nigeria’s north east.
The Minister of Information was joined by the spokesmen for the presidency, police, army, State Security Service to brief reporters.
He assured the international community that measures were being taken to ensure a hitch free World Economic Forum on Africa which will begin on May 7.
The government appealed to politicians and the public to shun the blame game and furnish security organisations with information that would lead to the rescue of the Chibok girls and the suicide bombers, promising that the culprit would be dealt with.
“It is only in doing this that Nigeria will defeat terror,” the Minister said.
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