-invites army high command over mutterings in Jos
By Emmanuel Aziken, Abuja
The Senate will Wednesday debate the Monday bomb blast that ruptured the Vanguard organized post amnesty dialogue in Warri. The Senate resolution upon a motion of urgent national public importance presented to the Senate in plenary yesterday follows the Senateâ€™s demand for explanations from the Army high command over alleged partisanship in its operations in Jos.
The Senate debate on the Warri bomb explosion is at the instance of the Senate South-South Caucus Leader and deputy majority leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN).
Senator Ndoma-Egbaâ€™s quest to debate the explosion was upon Order 42 of the Senateâ€™s standing rules requiring a dayâ€™s notice to fast track issues of national importance for Senate debate.
Senate spokesman Senator Ayogu Eze at a press conference after yesterdayâ€™s plenary reiterated the Senateâ€™s concern on the development saying:
â€The Senate is distressed enough to have admitted it as an emergency item to be taken as a matter of urgent public importance because we believe it is a very serious matter.â€
Senator Ibrahim Ida, chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence (Army) also at the press conference disclosed the Senateâ€™s invitation for explanations from the army high command on issues concerning allegations of bias in its operations in Jos, Plateau State.
Senator Ida who addressed Senate correspondents along Senators Eze and Anyim Ude said nevertheless commended the army operations saying that the operations in Jos were obviously according to the rules of engagement of the armed forces.
â€œIt is natural that some people will have criticism here and there but that should not becloud the objective. These people need to be commended. When the military are sent on assignment, they have rules of engagement and they abide by those rules. Obviously, it is natural that some people will raise issues here and there. But I think the bottom line is that we should really commend them for the good job they are doing.â€
â€At the same time we as a committee of the Senate we are not oblivious of all these and we have already invited them to appear before us and to tell us precisely what things they are doing.â€
â€œAt the same time I want to use this medium to commend the armed forces and the police for the very good job they are doing. We need to encourage them and we can only encourage them by understanding the terrain and the circumstances under which they operate.â€