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Senate Vote Service Chiefs Resignation, Appointment Of New Chiefs Over Killing Of Soldiers

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The Senate on Tuesday has voted for the resignation of the service chiefs and appointment following the killings of soldiers who are battling insurgency and banditry in some parts of northern Nigeria.

The motion was presented to the floor of the Senate through a point of order, moved by the Chairman of its Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume.

Majority who contributed to the motion express displeasure over the implication of the disturbing development stressing that it was capable of frustrating the war against insurgency and banditry.

They noted that many members of the armed forces who are scared of losing their lives have started resigning from the military.

The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Ayo Fadahunsi, proposed an additional prayer that demanded the stepping aside of the service chiefs and his prayer was seconded by Senator Betty Apiafi.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, ruled on the prayer and it was overwhelmingly supported by all the senators in attendance.

The Senate, therefore, asked the service chiefs to step aside so that President Muhammadu Buhari, to appoint new ones with fresh ideas.

The joint committees on Defence, Army, Air force, Police, and Interior were also mandated to receive briefings from the new service chiefs and the Minister of Interior on the disturbing development.

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