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President Goodluck Jonathan has summoned members of the National Security Council to an emergency meeting on Thursday (today) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja against the background of recent security developments in the country.

In a statement released by Dr. Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, it read that the President would preside over the meeting that would start at 11am and later preside over an enlarged meeting that would be attended by state governors by 1pm.

Those expected at the first meeting, according to the statement, include Vice President Namadi Sambo, Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau (retd.); the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; the Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the State Security Services and the Director General of National Intelligence Agency.

The statement read, “The meeting of the National Security Council will be followed at 13.00 hours (1pm) by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited state governors.