OrderPaperToday – The issue of insecurity dominated both chambers of the National Assembly last week with calls for the president and service chiefs to resign.
Though it was debated extensively last week, the security matter will not die down this week as the inspector general of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the commandant general of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu are expected to make appearances at the two chambers respectively.
IGP’s double appearance
Last Wednesday, Senate leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, moved a motion on the urgent need to restructure, review and reorganise the current security architecture of the country.
During the debate on the motion, senators queried President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping security chiefs whose tenures have not only elapsed, but “are bereft of ideas” to check rising insecurity in Nigeria.
Subsequently, the Red Chamber resolved to summon the inspector general of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who is expected to appear in plenary on Wednesday, 5th February, 2020.
The IGP, alongside the commandant general of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, will also appear before the House of Representatives this week over wrongful use of firearms by security agents following the killing of a former senatorial candidate of the Action Alliance from Imo State, Ndubusi Emenike.
This was sequel to a motion moved by Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the House deputy chief whip, on the ‘need to address the recurrent incidences termed “accidental discharge” and to put measures in place to forestall the killing of innocent Nigerians by security personnel through the mishandling of firearms and negligence’.
Speaking on her motion, she revealed how Emenike was killed on the 26th of January 2020.
Onyejeocha said, “Ndubuisi Emenike of Ehime Mbano, Imo State was killed by a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in what was attributed to ‘accidental discharge’ during a political victory party.
“These kinds of occurrences where people are killed by security agents who shoot indiscriminately and needlessly are now becoming regular headlines in our country. If no action is taken to address and regulate security agencies on the use of firearms, more lives will be wasted needlessly and Nigerians will lose faith in the ability of law enforcement agents to handle firearms.
“The House of Representatives, and indeed, the National Assembly, can do a lot to safeguard and enforce the protection of the fundamental rights of innocent Nigerians from institutions of the state”.
Following the consideration of a motion to probe $396 million spent by NNPC between 2013 and 2015 on maintenance of refineries, Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, has revealed that the Committees on Petroleum downstream, Upstream and Gas will begin work on the Petroleum Industry Bill in February.
The Petroleum Industry Bill was first introduced in 2007 but has not been passed into law.
In the 8th National Assembly, the PIB was divided into four parts — Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, Petroleum Industry Administration Bill, Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill and Petroleum Host Community Bill.
After its passage of the first part of the bill (Petroleum Industry Governance Bill) by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, it was transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent in July 2018 but the president declined to assent the bill in August last year. While giving his reasons for rejecting the bill, the president expressed reservation with some responsibilities of the Petroleum Regulatory Commission. He kicked against the provision of the bill permitting the Petroleum Regulatory Commission to retain 10 per cent of the revenue generated, as well as expansion of the functions of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF).
President Muhammadu Buhari, in accordance with the provision of Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, forwarded for confirmation by the Senate, Adeolu Akande (South West) as chairman, and Uche Onwude (South East) as member of the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission.
The president also nominated Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu as director-general for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
In a letter to the Red Chamber last week, President Buhari noted that “Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu is a reputable airline pilot and aviation safety expert with well over 30 years of cognate working experience in the aviation industry.
“In view of the strategic importance of the NCAA as the regulator of the civil aviation industry, I wish to request for the expeditious consideration and confirmation of Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu as the substantive director-general of NCAA”.
These nominees will be screened this week with a view of confirming them into their respective positions.
House to constitute committee for Amotekun legal framework
The House will move to constitute a committee that would develop a framework that would give Amotekun and other security interventions across the country legal backing. The committee will be headed by the majority and minority leaders of the Green Chamber.
Speaking on the matter last week in his resumption speech, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila said, “Recently, the governors of Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo and Ondo states took action to implement a regional security network to support the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in preventing crime and protecting the lives and property of those our citizens who live, work and travel through these states.
“The establishment of Àmòtékùn, as the network is called, has met with commentary from across the country, both for and against. Too often, it has seemed to me that lost in these interactions is the hard, brutal and unavoidable fact that Àmòtékùn and other such state or zonal interventions that already quietly exist in other parts of the country are a desperate response to the vile manifestations of insecurity that trouble the lives of citizens, depriving them of the peace and security that gives life meaning.
“I do not know that Àmòtékùn or whatever iterations it may follow represents the ultimate or perfect solution to the problem of insecurity in our country. Nobody does that. What I do know with absolute clarity and certainty is that the localised manifestations of insecurity across the different parts of our country call for unique and localised approaches that take those peculiarities into account.
“What I also know, is that whichever approach we seek, we are obligated to work within the limits imposed by the constitution to which we all swear allegiance. Above all else, I am certain in the knowledge that doing nothing is not an option. We have a responsibility as legislators to support the best efforts of those who act with noble intent to protect our citizens. “I, therefore, call on the leader of the House of Representatives and the minority leader to take active steps to bring to the floor, appropriate amendments to the constitution that will ensure that these and other righteous interventions to protect the life and property of our citizens are firmly in compliance with the laws of the land.”
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