The Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ibas, on Thursday, confirmed the arrest of principal suspects implicated in the abduction of the District Head of Daura in Katsina State, Musa Umar
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that Mr Umar, a retired customs comptroller, was abducted after observing Magrib prayer.
Addressing State House correspondents on Thursday at the end of a security meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr Ibas, a vice-admiral, said: “serious efforts are being made, key suspects have been arrested and it is hoped that in a short while, those behind the heinous crime will be brought to book.’
You will recall that during the last meeting, the Inspector-General of Police was directed to address the situation and consequently, various operations were set up; Puff Adder was one of the strategies.
“With the set-up of that operation, there has been a remarkable drop in the number of kidnappings.
“What normally would attract attention is when a key person in government, perhaps, is kidnapped. On the whole, the number of kidnappings has dropped and generally, I think that the security situation is improving,’’ he said.
On the security briefing, the navy chief said that the meeting was basically meant to apprise the President of the security situation after his short vacation abroad.
He said that the security agencies briefed him on what had been happening across the country with particular emphasis on the proliferation of small arms and what they were doing to curtail the consequences.
According to him, the president had also given directives that the agencies should do much more to ensure that Nigerians go to bed and wake up feeling healthy and confident that their security is guaranteed.
The security meeting was attended by Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufa’i.
Others besides the Service Chiefs and Inspector-General of Police were Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.