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Senate Calls For Resignation Of Service Chiefs



Zainab Sanni

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday demanded that Service Chiefs in the country step down following the alleged resignation of some soldiers.

Senator Francis Fadahunsi representing Osun East Senatorial District in an amended resolution in a motion earlier moved by Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial district, said: “Mr President, distinguished colleagues, I hereby moved an amendment to the resolution that all the Service Chiefs should step down.

The motion moved by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (Borno South) was titled: “Rising casualties among Nigerian soldiers and other security agencies” was . He argued that the recommendation to sack the service chiefs was to ensure an investigation into the cause of the incessant killings of soldiers in the battlefront.

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Ndume, who expressed concerns that 24 soldiers were recently killed in an ambush by insurgents in Danboa, noted that 19 soldiers were wounded during the attack by insurgents and that another 20 soldiers were killed during a similar ambush in Kachina.

Senator Betty Apiafi seconded the motion and it was upheld by the Senate President.

In his remarks, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan expressed concern at the large number of military officers who are leaving the war front.

The four service chiefs include Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Marshal Ibok- Ete Ibas.

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