Senate to questions service chiefs about insecurity today


The Senate has said that it will question the Service Chiefs on the nation’s insecurity on Wednesday and Thursday.

Senator Tokunbo Abiru revealed this on Tuesday when he announced that the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions will not be meeting on Tuesday but rather on Friday this week instead.

Fear has spread across the nation as a result of an increase in killings and kidnappings of individuals for ransom in recent weeks.

Last Tuesday, the Senate decided to call the Service Chiefs to account for their actions regarding the concerning level of insecurity in the nation.

Abiru informed the media that the Senate had chosen to reschedule the CBN governor’s presentation for Friday in order to accommodate the Service Chiefs’ scheduled appearance.

Members of the committee, in line with the resolution, gathered in Room 211, the venue of the planned interface with the CBN governor, from 3 pm to 4.30 pm before resolving to postpone it to Friday this week.

The chairman of the committee, Abiru said, “After waiting for close to two hours for the CBN governor on the planned interface, we have resolved to postpone it to Friday this week by 9 am.

“Postponement of the interface between our committee and the CBN governor arose from the fact that he and other managers of the nation’s economy had been interfacing with our colleagues in the House of Representatives since morning without knowing when exactly, the session would end.

“We would have fixed Wednesday or Thursday this week as a new day for the interface but the Senate has fixed the two days for critical and constructive engagement with the Service Chiefs.

“This made us eventually settle for Friday this week for interface with the CBN governor by 9 am prompt.

“Communication to this effect would be forwarded to the CBN Governor today (Tuesday) and possibly other government officials managing the economy.”

Prior to considering a motion by Senator Ahmad Lawan over the passing of former Yobe State governor Senator Bukar Ibrahim, the Senate convened two hours of closed-door sessions during plenary.

Following a moment of silence in memory of the departed, the Senate dispatched a nine-member delegation to the governor of Yobe State and the deceased’s family to offer condolences.