President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to immediately rescue all persons abducted by kidnappers across the country.
The President gave the marching order while addressing security chiefs at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
His directive was disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
“The President spoke about his sadness in respect of recent security challenges and developments we have had in the country, in particular the incident in which several Nigerians lost their lives with many more taken into captivity by criminals and bandits.
“Not just those that were captured during the last Kaduna –bound train incident but those that have been in captivity in other parts of the country.
“The President has directed all the operational and intelligence elements to rescue all of these innocent people immediately and unhurt. This is the basis on which other issues were discussed.
President Muhammadu Buhari meeting with Security Chiefs.
“The Chief of Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police all briefed the president on occurrences in their respective organizations,” Monguno said.
Monguno said he made some recommendations on how to tackle the security challenges confronting Nigeria. He also disclosed that the President was reviewing the recommendations.
“I submitted a memo to Council and my recommendations are being looked into by the president. My recommendations are wide-ranging and they touch on all aspects of security, starting with the level of security of our land borders as well as within the country itself,” he said.
Findings showed that about 3,000 people were killed and almost 1,500 abducted nationwide in the first quarter of this year.