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Service Chiefs raise the alarms over arms stockpiling

The service chiefs have raised the alarm over the stockpiling of weapons by some alleged disgruntled Nigerians who may want to take laws into their own hand at slightest opportunity.
The Service Chiefs comprising the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Lieutenant General Turkur Buratai, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas and Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar. Other at meeting were The Inspector General of Police, DG SSS and Chief of Defence Intelligence.
The Minister of Defence , Mansur Dan Ali was also at the meeting
They conferred with President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation across the country and raised concerns over the possible breakdown of law and order before, during and after the 2019 general election.
Spokesman for the Minister of Defence , Col. Tukur Gusau, disclosed this in a statement issued at the end of the meeting that the general overview of the security situation in the country as it relates to the conduct of the forthcoming 2019 general election were looked into.
The meeting was said to have recommended the deployment of security agencies in states to enable the elections to be conducted peacefully and to further douse tension created by the outcomes of the political parties’ primaries and some desperate persons to sabotage the electoral process.
The statement read, “The meeting also discussed an attempt to put pressure on the electoral body by some notable personalities through demonstrations which were brought under control by combined efforts of security agencies to avoid being hijacked by hoodlums and bandits.
“Another area of security concern includes post-election violence, as desperate politicians may whip up ethno-religious sentiments to create a security situation in the country.
“Also of concern is the proliferation and stockpiling of weapons by some disgruntled elements with a desire to take the law into their own hands at the slightest opportunity.
“The council called for the concerted efforts of all security agencies to ensure that 2019 elections are hitch-free and the need for continuous sensitisation of the public by the National Orientation Agency and regular meetings of relevant stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission, international/ local observers and the media ahead of the elections.”

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