The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday again failed to approve President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for the extension of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states even after meeting with service chiefs for over five hours.
Though the Senate said that the extension of emergency rule was not tabled for discussion in yesterday’s meeting with the service chiefs, lawmakers, however, stated that the military insisted on a state of emergency to effectively carry out the war against insurgency.
Recall that the Red Chamber had begun debate on the request for the extension of emergency rule last Tuesday and Wednesday before resolving to get a proper briefing from heads of all the security agencies in the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Kenneth Mininmah, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun and the director-general of Department of State Services, Ita Ekpeyong, were present at the meeting. The inspector general of Police (IGP), Abba Suleiman, was absent. His representative, a Deputy Inspector-General, Operations, DIG Sotonye Makama, was earlier sent out by the senators, who insisted that Mr. Suleiman appeared in person.
Speaking after the security briefing, Senate President David Mark described discussions during the meeting as “robust”, with the focus being on the challenges and progress made by the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency.
Mark, however, announced that the invasion of the National Assembly by police last week and related matters would be discussed today in an open session, and thereafter, mandated the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Enyinnaya Abaribe, to brief journalists on the discussions held behind closed doors.
In his briefing, the senate spokesman said the interaction “was very, very frank and very detailed”, adding however, that Senate did not discuss the request of Mr President.
“We discussed the constraints of the Nigerian army in dealing with the insurgency. We also looked into the budgetary provision for them and what has been done so far in containing the insurgency and I can tell you the Senate was very, very impressed by the response from the military and, like I said, the military has shown itself to be capable of dealing with the insurgency.
“The fact that they are capable of dealing with the insurgency means that the Senate will do all it needs to within its power to support the military so that we can bring this insurgency to a quick resolution.
“We also found from their briefing that we have some problems which have to do with the troop levels and the level of equipment and, of course, all the other ancillary problems where you have to fight an asymmetrical war – not a formal conflict, and we are very glad that that the military is at this moment gearing up itself to be able to deal with this asymmetrical conflict in the north east of Nigeria. As of today, we can assure Nigerians that the military is up to the task of dealing with this matter”.
Sen. Abaribe, however, revealed that “the question of state of emergency was not what was on the table today (yesterday) and we are going to also wait until it is brought to the floor of the Senate before we discuss it”.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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