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North Central elders want Service Chiefs sacked

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From Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

Elders from the North Central region have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all heads of security services following a leaked intelligence report of the likely existence of Boko Haram camps in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The terror group is also believed to have also set up camps in Kogi and Nasarawa states sharing boundaries with the FCT.

The elders, who expressed concerns about the alert, said it was as a result of “intelligence failure” on the part of the security agencies.

The National Chairman and National Secretary, Coalition of North Central Elders, Usman Bida and Moses Okudu, in a statement, appealed to the president, to immediately restructure the security architecture of the country.

Their position comes barely 24 hours after another northern group under the umbrella of Arewa Professional Forum (APF) expressed concerns over the worsening state of insecurity and also appealed to President Buhari to relieve the top security heads of their positions and inject fresh hands in the security management.

The elders stated that the first step in restoring security in the country was the restructuring of the security architecture with the sacking of the service chiefs.

“We are saddened that there is no state in the North Central free of terrorists’ attacks or that has not had its fair share of the mindless killings of innocent citizens one time or the other”, recalling with regret that the region was” the most peaceful in the entire North.”

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