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Borno Attack: Angry Jonathan Summons Emergency Security Meeting

By Kayode Adelowokan

Following the audacious attack on Maiduguri International Airport and the Composite Air Force Base by suspected Boko Haram members in the early hours of Monday, December 2, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan summoned all security chiefs to his office for a brief meeting.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

The attack which was reportedly launched at about 3am with guns and rocket-propelled grenades, killed scores of people and injured many others.

Our correspondent reliable learnt that the President expressed disappointment that inspite of all his efforts to end insurgency in the north, the security chiefs could still sleep off and allow such an embarrassing attack to take place.

The Composite Airforce Base is one of the most fortified military zone in northern Nigeria and it is supposed to be on 24- hour military surveillance.

The President was said to have listened to their explanation before giving them marching orders to forestall a repeat of the embarrassing situation.

Those at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh.

There was no official statement from the meeting which ended at about 3.30pm but when approached by State House Correspondents for comments, the Chief of Defence Staff simply said the situation “is being managed.”


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