Buratai, top army commanders meet over security, Lekki shooting

Buratai, top army commanders meet over security, Lekki shooting

- Principal officers and top commanders of the Nigerian Army are currently holding a vital meeting

- The meeting which is being coordinated by the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, is focused on recent security challenges

- Buratai said the force would not submit to the campaign of propaganda by "criminal elements" seeking a travel ban on some top commanders

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Amid ongoing controversy generated by the Lekki shooting, the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and some top commanders of the Nigerian Army are currently holding a vital meeting.

The meeting, which is ongoing at the army headquarters in Abuja, was said to have commenced at about 10.20 am on Monday, October 26.

The principal officers of the army who are at the meeting include General Officers Commanding (GOC) of the divisions. Others are unit commanders, guards brigade, and other top officers of the Nigerian Army.

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Buratai, top army commanders meet over security, Lekki shooting
Buratai and other principal officers and top commanders of the Nigerian Army are currently meeting. Credit: The Nation.
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Among issues tabled for discussion are the security threats across the country following the hijacked EndSARS protest which escalated into violence, destruction and looting of properties.

The meeting will also look into the controversial shooting of the EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate which the force promised to commence a prompt investigation on.

Speaking at the meeting, Lieutenant-General Buratai raised an eyebrow at some "criminal elements who are threatening us with a travel ban."

The chief of army staff said the force would not be deterred by the false campaign against it by individuals.

“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better.
“The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here.”

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari presided over a national security council meeting at the State House in Abuja with some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the service chiefs.

According to the president's aide on new media Bashir Ahmad who made this disclosure via a tweet on Thursday, October 22, the meeting also had vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, in attendance.

Leading the service chiefs to the meeting was the chief of defence staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin and chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

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