Senate Summoned Service Chiefs Over Spate Insecurity, And Proliferation Of Weapons
Senate Summoned Service Chiefs Over Spate Insecurity, And Proliferation Of Weapons.
• The upper legislative chamber, compelled to entertain motions asking Service Chiefs to stop the violence and senseless killings across the country.
• The world was, however, shocked over Buhari presidency, in a brash show of power and siege mentality, arrogantly dismissed the issues raised by the PDP and the international agencies as‘comical’.
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• Kogi State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, adjourned hearing of Senator Dino Melaye bail application.
The House of Senate Nigeria has asked Service Chiefs in the country to appear before it to provide explanations on the spate of insecurity and proliferation of weapons in the country.
The Senate also extended similar summoned to the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno (Rtd) as well as the Controllers-General of Customs and Nigeria Immigration Service.
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Senate resumed plenary on Tuesday bothered yet again by the general insecurity in Nigeria. The upper legislative chamber is again compelled to entertain series of motions asking it to act and stop the orgy of violence and senseless killings across the country.
The scale and frequency of the violent attacks are at feverish points and disturbing enough to make the senators demand explanations from Nigeria’s Service Chiefs.
Also invited to the hallowed red chamber are the NSA and the Comptroller-General of both Customs and the Immigration Service.
At another event, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said: “After months of deceit, the Presidency has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari is unwell, ailing and unfit to attend to state matters . ”
The party described as unfortunate the fact that “the President and his handlers had chosen to shroud the issue of his persistent illness in secrecy in a government that prides itself on claims of transparency and integrity. ”
At a press conference in Abuja, the party’ s National Publicity Secretary , Kola Ologbondiyan , said : “ Nigerians were taken for granted, deceived and treated like lesser men and women without reasoning capacity, while our nation, at those periods, was left with no leadership, as Mr. President refused to transmit power as required by the 1999 Constitution, as amended . ”
The PDP said though it has nothing against Buhari ’s decision to take care of his ailing health, it “detests the deception and lies that trailed the handling of his unabated health issue .
“Even as we speak, Nigerians are not aware of the ailment our President is suffering from and the identity of the doctors and the hospital attending to him. Shortly before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April, Mr. President, without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly, as required by the constitution, undertook a private visit to the U. K., where his doctors are known to reside , five clear days ahead of CHOGM .
The PDP also drew the attention of Nigerians and the international community to the “import of the response by the Presidency to the petition filed by our party to the United Nations, detailing the gross violation of human rights, mass killings, state – sponsored violence, persecution of the opposition, subversion of democratic tenets and large – scale corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari -led Federal Government . ”
The party said it was incontrovertible that “our petition, which was signed by our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, embodies the pains, anguish, mood, wishes and voice of the generality of Nigerians across board, particularly the victims of extrajudicial killings, state instigated violence, arrests and detentions, economic hardship occasioned by large – scale corruption and government incompetence. ”
It noted:“ The world was, however, shocked when the Buhari presidency, in a brash show of power and siege mentality, arrogantly dismissed the issues raised by the PDP and the international agencies as ‘ comical’ , and even went ahead to issue new threats to opposition and dissenting voices in our country.”
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, has adjourned hearing in of Senator Dino Melaye bail application to 10th may, 2018.
The chief judge who gave the order, at the High Court Lokoja, said affidavits from prosecution counsel, Alex Izinyon and that of defence counsel to Senator Dino, Mike Ezekhome were not filed at the appropriate time hence his adjournment to enable him study same. The defence counsel who briefed journalists said the prosecution counsel raised allegation that demands their urgent intervention.
Senator Dino Melaye is since been taken to national hospital where his treatment continues following the interim order granted by same high court to be in the custody of the inspector general of police.