Service chiefs bow to Gbajabiamila threat, appear before Reps

NEWS DIGEST – Heads of security agencies are currently appearing before the House of Representatives to discuss the spate of insecurity in Nigeria.

The service chiefs, who failed to appear before the House on Friday, are now at the meeting following the threat by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila to report the service chiefs to President Muhammadu Buhari, for failing to honour an invitation to a meeting on security.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, was however absent, as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The meeting has now gone behind closed doors.

Present on Friday were the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; and the Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; and the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede while others sent representatives.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, was represented by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, Maj-Gen Leo Irabor; and the Chief of Accounts and Budget (Nigerian Army), Maj-Gen Kola Bakare.

Representing Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, was the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army, Lt-Gen Lamidi Adeosun.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Nigeria Navy, Rear Admiral Tariworio Dick, represented the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao.

The Special Assistant to President on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps), Mr. Umar Ibrahim, was also at the meeting.