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Senate Meets Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors

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The Senate on Wednesday, held a meeting with the Service Chiefs behind closed doors.

The meeting which lasted several hours was presided over by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Details of the closed door parley were not made known to journalists but our correspondent learnt that it bothers on   the prevailing security issues in the country especially in the North East.

The  meeting had in attendance,  principal officers of the Senate and Chairmen of security related Committees.

Neither the senate side nor the military team granted interview after the meeting but when pressured, Senate Leader,  Ali Ndume, said issues discussed would not be revealed to the public.

He said, they discussed National Security issues and as such was for the sole consumption of those who were in attendance.

Ndume said it  was the first time the upper  chamber was being fully briefed on matters of security.

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He said, “We have been briefed properly but these are security issues we cannot really disclose any of it.

“Unlike before, the Senate was not abreast or updated on the efforts they are making: now we have very full, honest, open and transparent discussion on the activities.

“This is a security meeting that we just had, it will be wrong for me to disclose the details.

“We are satisfied because we have never had this kind of briefing before, we are part of it now, we know what is the problem, we know what are the challenges.”

The Service Chiefs present were Chief of Defence Staff Maj. Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff Rear Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff,  AVM. Sadique Abubakar.

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