OrderPaperToday – The Senate has asked teh country’s service chiefs to step aside from their position because they are all due for retirement and have not been able to contain the worsening insecurity.

This call emanated from a motion moved by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) on Tuesday. Ndume is the chairman, Senate committee on Army.

Those due for retirement are Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff, and Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff.

This is not the first time calls have been made for their sack but they have remained in office at the behest of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

In January this, senators urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint new service chiefs after a deliberation on a motion on national security challenges and the need to restructure the nation’s security architecture that lasted for four hours.

Presenting his motion, Ndume lamented that recently 356 soldiers resigned from the army stressing that this could hamper the fight against insurgency.

His motion comes almost 48 hours after an ambush was laid by suspected bandits in Katsina State and at least 16 soldiers and officers were killed and 28 others wounded from the attack.

He said: “The Senate notes with concern the number of casualties among the Nigerian army and other security agencies.

“That just recently 24 soldiers were ambushed and killed along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno state, 19 were wounded and nine were declared missing in action.

“In Katsina, soldiers were also ambushed and killed while several others were wounded, the number of casualties is not known.

“The Senate appreciates the sacrifice of our armed forces in the fight against the insurgency and banditry and protection of territorial integrity and several other security assignments given to them.”

He continued: “The Senate is concerned that if the trend continues, it would have serious implications on the fight against insurgency, banditry.

“It has been alleged that over 200 soldiers voluntarily resigned their engagement or appointment with the Nigerian army.”

As a result, the red chamber also called on the federal government to equip the troops with modern weapons as part of the prayers to his motion.

Also, the Senate’s committees on Defence, Army, Navy, Police, Airforce, National Security and the ministry of interior were tasked to receive briefings from security agencies on the state of affairs in this regard

Lastly, the federal government was asked to intensify provision of modern equipment to enhance the service of the military.

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