Senate Defence Committee summons service chiefs

Concerned by the escalation of terrorist acts and unrestrained destruction of lives and property in the North-east, the Senate Committee on Defence Wednesday summoned the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Badeh, and Chief of Army Staff, Major General Kenneth Minimah, to appear before it on Friday.

The summons which was provoked by last Monday’s gruesome killing of 49 school children by a suicide bomber in Potiskum, Yobe State, is expected to among others, witness the senior military officers giving account of their stewardship especially on why state of emergency rule and high appropriation for security have not yielded any desired result.

The summons is also coming on the heels of an alarm raised by the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Mr. Zanna Mustapha, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, last week that given the ease with which Boko Haram insurgents had been capturing territories in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, the three states would soon be history.

Disclosing this yesterday, Chairman, Senate Committee on Army and Defence, Senator George Sekibo, said the service chiefs had been summoned by the committee to provide it with vivid account of the security situation in North-east and why senseless killings and wanton destruction have worsened under emergency rule.

Sekibo who also said the meeting would present the service chiefs with the opportunity to get the senators acquainted with the challenges confronting them in the terror prone states, added that the tragic news coming from North-east despite the huge assistance provided to the military so far is embarrassing and offensive to all Nigerians.

He also said the meeting would be thorough when compared with previous meetings adding that the situation is more worrisome in view of the closeness of 2015 polls and scheduled primaries, saying the situation implies huge difficulties awaiting conduct of elections and primaries in the area.

Credit: Omololu Ogunmade/ThisDay


  1. Isaac Afolabi Olulade13 November 2014 at 18:19

    There stomack is even too big to carry AK47 gun, rather of facing boko haram...


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