Service Chiefs finally appear before Reps


Service Chiefs are currently appearing before the House of Representatives to discuss the spate of insecurity in Nigeria.

Heads of security agencies who failed to appear before the House on Friday, are now at the meeting.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, was however absent, as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the meeting is to look at possible ways the parliament could intervene for lasting solution.

Mr. Gbajabiamila admits the security agents have recorded some giant strides which are now being eroded as a result of increasing wave of terrorism and other criminal acts.

The Chief of Defence Staff said appreciable progress has been made in the last four years and that the armed forces will continue to strategise for an end to terrorism and insurgency , particularly in the North East.

The meeting has now gone behind closed doors.

Present on Friday were the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; and the Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; and the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede while others sent representatives.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, was represented by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, Maj-Gen Leo Irabor; and the Chief of Accounts and Budget (Nigerian Army), Maj-Gen Kola Bakare.

Representing Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, was the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army, Lt-Gen Lamidi Adeosun.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Nigeria Navy, Rear Admiral Tariworio Dick, represented the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao.

The Special Assistant to President on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps), Mr. Umar Ibrahim, was also at the meeting.


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