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Nigeria to address nationwide turbulent security situation: minister
Last Updated: 2018-08-03 07:12 | Xinhua
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Nigerian security agencies were doing all they could to address the turbulent security situation across the country, Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali said Thursday.

A military operation tagged "Operation SHARAN DAJI" has been extended to cover up to the fringes of neighboring Niger border in order to forestall future security incidences in northwest Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari axis, the minister said in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.

He spoke after President Muhammadu Buhari held a closed-door meeting with security chiefs, where the minister of defense, said he updated the National Security Council on security situation in the country.

According to him, the military operation has recently been reinforced with more troops and is supported by the Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognizance Wing of 207 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force.

Dan-Ali said the joint operation had successfully arrested some suspected armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition.

He announced that security agencies had been directed to checkmate the criminal activities along Abuja-Kaduna highway through increased patrols along the axis to address cases of attacks and kidnappings.

The minister also reiterated the need for the deployment of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps in all areas liberated by the military in the North-East.

He said this had become imperative in order to consolidate on the gains of military operations as well as to enable the military push forward in its clearance operations.

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