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Security Chiefs’ Absence Stalls Senate Briefing

The proposed briefing of the Senate on the security situation in the country by the service chiefs could not hold on Thursday as plannedppppp due to the absence of some officers.

The Senate President, David Mark, said that the chief of army staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, a lieutenant general, the chief of naval staff, Dele Ezeoba, a vice admiral, and the inspector-general of Police, Mohammed Abubakar could not attend the briefing.

“Senate, in an executive session, differed to another legislative day, the briefing by service chiefs, security agents, the Inspector-General of Police…this is due to the absence of the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and the Inspector-General of Police,” he said.

The senate spokesman, Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), said that the service chiefs were absent due to logistic reasons and that the matter could not be discussed in their absence due to its delicate nature.

“We found out that some of the heads of these agencies and military formations were not available and we felt that what we are trying to get is of sufficient importance to the nation. We felt that we will not get the comprehensive briefing if those persons were not present,” he said.

The service chiefs are expected to give the senate a detailed account of the latest attacks launched by members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect in Maiduguri on Monday in which insurgents numbering over 200 attacked an Air force base, destroying several buildings and two air crafts.