Service Chiefs in close door meeting with Senate over rising insecurity, economy

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By Joy Odor

The Nigerian Security Chiefs are currently in a close door meeting with the Senate over the rising insecurity affecting the nation’s economy, described the situation as frightening.

Speaking on behalf of other Security Chiefs, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor said the issue of national security must be seen from collective perspective.

He commendated the Senate leadership for initiating the parley, pointing out that a lot has been done to improve security across the country.

Earlier in his opening speech, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan affirmed that there is no direct investment to boost the economy in Nigeria, lamenting that security agencies are doing little to curb crude oil theft.

 

He bemoaned that the security challenges in Nigeria have lingered, noting that the crisis is dislocating where the head of government is situated and urged them to sit tight in the interest of national development.

He expressed disappointment with the high level of insecurity adding that no country can be comfortable with insecurity.

According to him, there is no administration that has invested in the national security than the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate President narrated that the security agencies are trying their best but urged them to do more.

In attendance includes, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff,
(CNS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao Chief Air Staff (CAS).

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; the Director General of the State Security Service, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi; the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi and the Director General of Nigeria’s – National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, was said to be attending the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

Recall that last week Tuesday plenary, the Minority Caucuse of the House of Representatives and Senate in the National Assembly vowed to found constitutional means to serve President Muhammadu Buhari an impeachment notice at the expiration of six weeks ultimatum given to him to address insecurity in the country by the Minority Caucuse of the Senate.

Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives stated this while briefing newsmen after an enlarged meeting with PDP Senate Caucus led by Sen. Philip Aduda.

Elumelu in the company of Senators from the Red Chamber said the House of Representatives is on the same page with the upper chamber on the issue of insecurity bedeveiling the country under the All Progressive Congress (APC) led federal government.

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