Service Chiefs to Appear Before Senate Today Over Prevailing Insecurity

On Tuesday, the Senate said it had invited service chiefs to appear on Wednesday over security challenges in the country.

Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions chairman, gave a hint while speaking with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Abiru was briefing reporters on why the interface between the committee and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Olayemi Cardoso, was postponed.

The Senate summoned the service chiefs to appear before it to explain the worsening security situation in the country.

Mr Abiru said the planned interface with Mr Cardoso was shifted to Friday since Wednesday and Thursday had been slated for grilling of the service chiefs.

He said, “After waiting close to two hours for the CBN governor on the planned interface, we have resolved to postpone it to Friday by 9:00 a.m. prompt.

”Postponement of the interface between our committee and the CBN governor arose from the fact that he and other managers of the nation’s economy have been interfacing with our colleagues in the House of Representatives since morning without knowing when exactly the session will end.

“We would have fixed Wednesday or Thursday as a new day for the interface, but the Senate, as a whole, has fixed the two days for very critical and constructive engagement with the service chiefs.

“This made us eventually settle for Friday for interface with the CBN governor.”

Earlier, the Senate had over two hours of closed-door session, after which it considered a motion from Senator Ahmad Lawan on the demise of Senator Bukar Ibrahim by observing a minute silence for the deceased.

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The upper chamber raised a nine–man delegation for a condolence visit to the government of Yobe and the family of the deceased.

The delegation would be led by Senator Adamu Aliero ( PDP-Kebbi).

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