CHIEF of Defence Staff, General Lucky Iraboh has said that the security chiefs were working assiduously to address security issues facing the country.
General Iraboh stated this on Thursday, when he led other service chiefs on a courtesy visit to Governor Seyi Makinde at the Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, as part of a familiarizstion tour and regional security briefing.
The Chief of Defence Staff said the security apparatus in line with the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari would put necessary machineries in motion to stamp out insecurity in Nigeria.
While recognising the police as the first tier in internal security, Irabor assured of the constant intervention of the Armed Forces as the need arises.
He said: “The leadership hierarchy of the Nigeria Armed Forces changed very recently and we considered it expedient to go round to see our troops, officers to familiarise ourselves with them and beyond that to equally bring the charge of Mr President to them having been charged to take all measures necessary to address the various security challenges across the country in partnership with other security agencies.
“We know that the military stands ready to give support to the authority and see that cases of insecurity are addressed holistically. We know that the police remain the first tier of internal security and where the police need the intervention of the Army, we stand very ready to give support to the police.”
General Iraboh was however sympathetic with the state over the Shasha crisis which led to loss of lives and property.
Prior to visiting the Oyo Governor’s Office, the service chiefs had earlier visited the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army to interact with and boost the morale of the Nigerian troops and officers.
Responding, Governor Seyi Makinde, who spoke through the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, while noting that insecurity breaches in Oyo State were also peculiar to Nigeria as a whole, called for deployment of troops to border towns, particularly in the Oke-Ogun area of the state.