Emergency rule: Service chiefs, IGP, DSS to brief Senate tomorrow

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BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU & JOSEPH ERUNKE

ABUJA—INSPECTOR General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of State Service, DSS, and Service Chiefs could not brief the Senate yesterday on the security situation in the three states where the Presidency declared emergency rule as a result of last Monday’s Boko Haram attack in Maidugiri, Borno State.

The Senate had recently approved President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for extension of emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states after a closed door meeting with security chiefs.

In its resolution, the Senate invited the IGP, DSS Director and the Service Chiefs to appear on the floor of the Senate yesterday to brief them on the level of progress recorded since the emergency rule was extended in the affected states.

But the Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba, at the plenary informed the Senate President, David Mark, that the security chiefs had communicated that they would not appear as a result of the attack of the Air Force Base, Maiduguri airport and other government and public places by armed men suspected to be members of Boko Haram and requested that they would come on another legislative day.

The Senate President, David Mark, accepted the request and the security chiefs were told to appear tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Senate received the request of President Goodluck Jonathan for the confirmation of Chief Eze Duruiheoma as Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, and other members of the commission.

After receiving the President’s request, the Senate referred it to the appropriate committee.
Other nominees by the President for the NPC job were, Aliyu Daniel Kwali, FCT, Alhaji Bala Almu Banye, Katsina and Adebola Adetunmbi, Ekiti State.
The Senate also received the report of Senator James Manager’s Committee on Niger Delta Screening of Nominees.

Chairman of the NDDC Senate Committee, Senator Manager had while addressing the nominees, frowned on the massive fraud in the commission and warned those nominated to lead the commission to be transparent in their dealings to ensure the commission lived up to its billing.

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