According to reports from Punch Newspaper, a source said that top military officers from the rank of Major General, Rear Admiral and Air Vice Marshal are making underground moves to occupy the top four positions in the military.
The source said, top military officers in the country are mounting pressure on political big wigs and influential top retired military generals for appointment as Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs of the Nigerian Army, the Navy and the Nigerian Air Force.
Investigations revealed that some of the officers of the rank of Major General in the army and its equivalent in the Navy and the Air Force are also reaching out to top politicians and their military godfathers in strategic positions for appointment as service chiefs.
The present leadership of the military, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015.
By the tradition of the military, the service chiefs are expected to retire at the end of a two-year tenure, except their services are extended by the President, who has the prerogative to do so.
In the case of the three service chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, their tenures are expected to end by June 2017 except they are granted the privilege of service extension.
Also, the position of the Chief of Defence Staff, the highest military office in the land, is expected to be vacant next month.
The current Chief of Defence Staff was expected to have retired from the service in December 2016 but his service was extended by the President.
It was learnt that the expected retirement of Olonisakin is a near-certainty since he had already enjoyed a gracious tenure extension for a year in 2016.
Investigations revealed that Olonisakin’s expected exit from the highest coordinating position of the Nigerian military has thrown up a serious contest for the position between the service chiefs.
The source said, “what is happening is the politics of who would become the next service chiefs.
“Remember, this set of service chiefs were appointed in July 2015, and by the end of June, their tenure, will come to an end except if there is an extension.
“Those who believe that they are qualified for the job are scheming, reaching out to politicians to strengthen their chances of being appointed as service chiefs to the respective services.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari
The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.
This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.
The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.
Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:
-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;
-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;
-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force
-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;
-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation
-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government
-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.
-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.
IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations
With the rising violence in the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF).
This is a move to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba.
Mba said the IGP also “ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.”
“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari
The Nigeria Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking most parts of the country.
The Senate gave the directive during its plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmakers also ordered the Nigerian police to protect all #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.
The Senate also urged #EndSARS protesters to halt their march to enable the federal government to meet their demands.
The Senate asked President Buhari to set up a judicial panel of inquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution.
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