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Insecurity: Sack Service Chiefs Now – Senate Tells Buhari

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The on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for the resignation of Service Chiefs in the country.

Insecurity: Senate Asks Service Chiefs To Resign
Insecurity: Senate Asks Service Chiefs To Resign

The resolution of the upper legislative chamber followed a motion sponsored by , senator representing Borno south and chairman of the committee on army.

Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff; Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff; Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff; and Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, chief of naval staff; are all due for retirement.

There have been repeated calls for the sack of the service chiefs over the high spate of insecurity in some parts of the country.

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south and chairman of the committee on army, had moved a motion for the removal of service chiefs.

While moving the motion, Ndume expressed worry that over 200 soldiers have resigned from the army and that this could affect the fight against insurgency.

“The Senate notes with concern the number of casualties among the Nigerian army and other security agencies,” he had said.

“That just recently 24 soldiers were ambushed and killed along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno state, 19 were wounded and nine were declared missing in action.

“In Katsina, soldiers were also ambushed and killed while several others were wounded, the number of casualties is not known.

“The Senate appreciates the sacrifice of our armed forces in the fight against the insurgency and banditry and protection of territorial integrity and several other security assignments given to them.”

The upper legislative chamber also asked the federal government to equip the troops with modern weapons.

The motion was adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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