The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, held a meeting with Ahmed Rufai, Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and other key senators, over security challenges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
In a statement signed by Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser to the senate president on media, other senators in attendance include, the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi; Chairman, Senate committee on Interior, Senator Kashim Shettima; Chairman, Senate committee on Police Affairs, Senator Halliru Jika and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.
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Isa Ali Ibrahim, Minister of Communications and other top officials directly involved in security of the FCT were also in attendance.
A similar meeting was held last week at Lawan’s office, to address the security concerns in the FCT.
“The purpose of this particular meeting is to widen the scope of our interaction and the entire idea is to find solution to the security situation in the FCT,” Lawan said.
The Senate president also stated that the presence of the communications minister at the gathering is a demonstration that the way out of the challenge will require application of Information technology.
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He further noted that the NIA DG’s presence is to attend to the international dimension, in addition to the national security challenge facing the country’s capital.
Lawan expressed concern that Abuja, being the seat of power, should have a better security situation than what it has now.
“This is the seat of government and I believe that it will be a reflection of what the security situation in Nigeria is. The story is not very good.
“This meeting will therefore look into every possible solution going forward on how to address the security situation,” Lawan added.
Abuja has experienced cases of kidnapping in recent months, raising fears over safety of residents.