BOKO HARAM MOUNTS CHECKPOINTS, COLLECTS LEVIES BORNO, SAYS SENATE

Written by on December 2, 2020

THE SENATE SAYS THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE NORTH EAST HAS DETERIORATED TO A LEVEL, WHERE BOKO HARAM MOUNTED ROADBLOCKS IN SOME PARTS OF BORNO  STATE AND COLLECTED LEVIES FROM FARMERS, ALSO ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO RESTRUCTURE THE COUNTRY’S SECURITY ARCHITECTURE.

THE LEGISLATORS THEREFORE ASKED PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI TO SACK THE SERVICE CHIEFS OVER THEIR FAILURE TO SECURE NIGERIANS.

THE UPPER CHAMBER’S CALL FOR THE SERVICE CHIEFS’ REMOVAL WAS THE THIRD BY THE SENATE.

THE LATEST CALL FOLLOWED A MOTION BY SENATOR KASHIM SHETTIMA ON THE RECENT KILLING OF  RICE FARMERS IN BORNO STATE BY THE BOKO HARAM  INSURGENTS.

SINCE SATURDAY WHEN THE BOKO HARAM INSURGENTS KILLED NO FEWER THAN 43 RICE FARMERS IN THE STATE, SERVICE CHIEFS HAVE COME UNDER ATTACK BY NIGERIANS, WHO HAVE DEMANDED THEIR REMOVAL…

THE LAWMAKERS ALSO DEMANDED A PROBE INTO THE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION LEVELLED AGAINST SOME MILITARY LEADERS.

THE RED CHAMBER ALSO STRESSED THE NEED TO URGENTLY RECRUIT 10, 000 PERSONNEL INTO THE CIVILIAN JOINT TASK FORCE BECAUSE THEY WOULD KNOW THEIR AREAS.

PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AHMAD LAWAN, WHO PRESIDED OVER THE SESSION, LAMENTED THE RECENT KILLING.

IN HIS CONTRIBUTION, THE CHAIRMAN, SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL MATTERS, OPEYEMI BAMIDELE, SAID IF THE PRESIDENT SHOULD RETAIN THE SERVICE CHIEFS, HE SHOULD RETIRE THEM AND CONSTITUTE THEM INTO A PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON SECURITY.

IN THE MOTION, SHETTIMA NOTED THAT IF BUHARI REFUSED TO SACK THE NON-PERFORMING SERVICE CHIEFS, IT THEN MEANT THAT HE HAD ALSO FAILED IN HIS RESPONSIBILITIES AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.


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