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Jonathan Summons Emergency Security Meeting After Maiduguri Attack

Jonathan Might fire more ministersPresident Goodluck Jonathan summoned an emergency security meeting following an attack by suspected members of Boko Haram sect in some parts of Maiduguri on Monday.

Those in attendance at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Ibrahim.

The others are the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh.

There was no official statement at the end of the meeting held in the office of the President at the State House.

The CDS, who emerged from the meeting at about 3.40 p.m., declined interview with the State House correspondents.

On the situation in Maiduguri, he said “it is being managed’’.
The Chief of Air Staff also declined to comments, saying “please ask the CDS, it is only the CDS that can talks for all of us’’.

NAN reports that following the attack by the suspected Boko Haram sect, the Borno government had imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri metropolis.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Jidda, had announced the decision in a statement released to newsmen in Maiduguri.

The statement said the curfew was imposed in consultation with the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri.

“During the period of curfew, government pleads with all citizens to remain calm.

“Only vehicles on emergency calls and essential services are allowed to move while the curfew will be lifted as soon as situation improves,” it added.

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