Military chiefs quizzed over Nigeria’s dire security


Chris Ewokor BBC News, Abuja

Military chiefs in Nigeria have appeared before the country’s lawmakers, but the outcome of their meeting has been kept secret.

They had been summoned to answer questions over numerous security challenges – including an increase in kidnappings, local militia attacks and an Islamist insurgency.

In attendance were the heads of the army, navy and air force, as well as those heading the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police.

President Muhammadu Buhari had held a meeting with them on Wednesday, without any hint about what decisions were made.

In northern parts of Nigeria, residents remain at the mercy of Boko Haram insurgents and armed criminal militias.

They have targeted students of secondary schools and universities kidnapping many of them for ransom.

In south-eastern Nigeria, members of the security forces and government facilities are increasingly becoming targets of attacks by gunmen.