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Senate, Security Chiefs Meet On Insecurity


For over four hours on Wednesday the Senate held a high level security briefing attended by heads of security agencies in the country.

The briefing followed last week’s resolution by the upper chamber to invite security chiefs to brief members on proliferation of dangerous firearms, spate of killings by terrorists and kidnapping by hoodlums across the country.

The briefing was held behind closed doors apparently due to the sensitive nature of issues under discussion.

Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central) drew the attention of the Senate to “unabating killings in Zamfara State and prayed the lawmakers to take up the issue with relevant authorities.

Before the briefing on Wednesday, the upper chamber conducted two successive closed door sessions to articulate the issues for discussion.

At the end of the session, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, urged the Senate to invite the National Security Adviser,  Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, Director- General of  the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, to brief the Senate on the proliferation of dangerous arms, killings by terrorism and kidnapping by hoodlums across the country.

The Chief of Defence Staff led the DSS DG to the briefing.

The Comptroller General of Immigration, Comptroller General Customs and the IGP sent representatives to the briefing.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who announced resolutions at the end of the briefing, said the security chiefs were directed to present emergency special budget for the consideration and approval of the National Assembly.

Saraki said the special budget would be used for special funding of security matters.

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