Senate Summon Service Chiefs Over Emergency Rule Extension

The Senate, on Wednesday, invited security chiefs to appear before it today, to give details of the security situation in the three North-East states, where state of emergency is currently operating.

President Goodluck Jonathan had, on Tuesday, requested the National Assembly to extend the state of emergency in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, in view of the fact that the security challenges in the states had not abated.

While the senators were to debate the matter on Wednesday, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma–Egba, moved a motion asking his colleagues to stand down the matter.

He said the Senate needed to hear from the service chiefs before a conclusion was reached on whether the emergency rule would be extended or not.

Ndoma-Egba said beside the fact that aspects of the emergency proclamation had not been gazetted, there was also the need to hear from the service chiefs.

Senator James Manager, who seconded the motion, also asked that the National Security Adviser, Minister of Defence and his Police Affairs counterpart should be invited for the closed door briefing.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, was also in agreement with the Senate Leader, adding that the task at hand was a serious matter.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, deferred approval of President Goodluck Jonathan’s fresh request to the National Assembly, where he sought for an extension of partial emergency rule declared in three North-Eastern states.

Speaker, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, had, on Tuesday, read the president’s correspondence during plenary session.

The House Leader, Honourable Mulikat Akande-Adeola, during the Wednesday plenary, had moved a motion, entitled: “extension of the period for the proclamation of a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states,” where she called on the lawmakers to support the move to extend emergency rule in the states.

Honourable Tambuwal, after listening to contribution both for and against the motion, hinted that the House would vote on the request today, after the service chiefs must have briefed the lawmakers on the situation with the abducted Chibok girls.

Before the speaker’s announcement, some members had supported the request, while a few other spoke against it.

The Minority Leader, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila; Emmanuel Jime; lawmakers from Yobe states –  Goni Bukar Haruna, Machinama Baba Bukar, Ismail Ahmed Gadaka, Hassan El-Badawy and Andrew Uchendu, were among the lawmakers that spoke against the approval.

Honourable Gbajabiamila said before giving approval for the extension, the House should study the rate of killing and destruction before the declaration of emergency rule and after the state of emergency.

Most of the lawmakers who supported the request, however, called for improved equipment and welfare for the security men drafted to the affected states.



Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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