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    A two-day meeting of Nigeria's National Council of States opened in the Dodan Barracks, Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday (15 September).

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    A two-day meeting of Nigeria's National Council of States opened in the Dodan Barracks, Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday (15 September).

    It's the first meeting the Council has held since the July coup against former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.

    Leader of that power take-over, Brigadier Murtala Muhammed, chairs the Council meeting which will review the new military government's actions since the coup.

    All 12 Governors of the various Nigerian states are attending the meeting as are the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Brigadier Olusegun Obasanji, service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Yusufu.

    The meeting comes at the end of several days of hectic activity by the country's new rulers.

    On Friday (12 September) they dismissed 102 officials from the Federal Public Service, including five permanent secretaries, in the biggest single purge since they took power while General Gowon was attending the Organisation of African Unity conference in Kampala, Uganda.

    An official announcement said 52 of the officers -- led by Mr. Phillip Asiodu, the Permanent Secretary in the Energy Ministry and Chairman of the National Oil Corporation, in the old Gowon regime -- were retired with full benefits.

    The rest, dismissed on disciplinary grounds, included senior officials of the Ministries of Justice, Communications, Agriculture, Works and Housing and the Board of Customs and Excise.

    More than 300 Federal and State public officers have been axed for various reasons since the bloodless coup.

    The military rulers have also established a panel to consider demands for splitting the country into more states than the present 12.

    A five man tribunal will look into the explosive issue which has become a major political topic over the past two years.

    General Gowon scored high political marks in 1967 when he split the then four regions of Nigeria into 12 states, giving minority tribes a greater say in the running of their affairs.

    However, he was greatly criticised for not honouring a promise to give the matter further consideration.

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