Security: State governors meet over security challenges, others


State governors on Wednesday night met behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

They met on the platform of the Nigeria Governors Forum.

The meeting was presided over by the forum’s chairman and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.

The meeting was still ongoing as of the time of filing this report.

The state governors were scheduled to deliberate on the security challenges facing the country among other national issues.

They were also expected to discuss the Executive 10 which has to do with financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary.

The governors are also expected to intervene in the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria.

The union had on April 6 embarked on a nationwide strike to protest the non-implementation of the financial autonomy of the nation’s judiciary.

The union directed all its members across the federation to shut down all courts after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum earlier given over the failure of the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary.

Explain alleged missing $1bn arms fund, CSOs tell defence ministry

Meanwhile, the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria has asked the Ministry of Defence to come clean on the alleged missing $1 billion arms fund, stating that it was directly responsible for award of arms contracts in the country.

The Convener of the coalition and President, Good governance Advocacy Initiative, Mustapha Tijani also enjoined the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru to be professional on the issue of the missing funds instead directing questions to his predecessor.

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Abubakar Monguno (retd.), had revealed in an interview with BBC Hausa that the $1bn arms fund was missing under the immediate past service chiefs, noting that records showed that the weapons were not bought. He later recanted, saying he was misquoted.

But speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, Tijani argued that the allegation of missing fund was an attempt to smear the image of the immediate past service chiefs whom he said diligently served the nation.
State governors meet over security challenges, others.




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