- The Senate is currently having a closed-session with service chiefs and DG of SSS, who were invited to appear before the upper chamber
- Following incessant killings across Nigeria, they were summoned over possession of firearms by unauthorised persons
- The Senate would be briefed by the those summoned on the proliferation of dangerous firearms and other security issues
A closed-door session is currently ongoing among senators, the chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin; the director-general of State Security Service, Lawan Daura; and other services chiefs.
The delegation was led into the upper chamber at about 2:23 pm, following the Senate's summon two weeks ago.
The lawmakers were to be briefed by the service chiefs on the proliferation of dangerous firearms, spate of killings by terrorists, as well as kidnapping by hoodlums across the country, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng notes that all service chiefs; the director-general of the State Security Service, the comptroller general of Customs, Hameed Ali; and the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, were on May 8 summoned by the Senate over possession of firearms by unauthorised persons in Nigeria.
The invitation was extended to the service chiefs after a motion titled “Proliferation of dangerous firearms in Nigeria” was sponsored by Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North).
Hunkuyi had lamented the incessant killings across the country and called for the invitation of the service chiefs.
According to him, the various departments of government entrusted with the responsibility of checking and regulating the influx of firearms in Nigeria "have failed woefully in the discharge of this all important duty".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, May 22, said it would grill all the service chiefs and the director general of the department of State Security (DSS) over the insecurity in Nigeria.
The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, said the service chief would appear before the Senate on Wednesday, May 23, by 11 am.
Speaking before adjourning Tuesday's plenary, Saraki urged all senators to be prepared for the briefing by the service chiefs. He called for attendance by all the senators of the eight Senate.
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