In response to mounting security concerns, the Senate has issued summons for the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru. They are required to appear before the Senate on Tuesday, February 13, for deliberations.
Furthermore, the Senate has extended invitations to the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, and the Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
Earlier, the Senate had summoned the Service Chiefs, including the Chief of Defence Staff, Christopher Musa; the Chief of Army Staff, Taoreed Lagbaja; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Bala Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla; the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun; and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi, to address the worsening security situation in the nation.
However, following their admission into the Chamber on Wednesday, the Senate decided to postpone the session, prompting a swift change of plans.
Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced the postponement and the issuance of fresh invitations during the plenary session. He emphasised the importance of the Ministers of Defence, DG NIA, and the Minister of Interior being present alongside the Service Chiefs.
Consequently, the Senate discharged the Service Chiefs without receiving any briefings and instructed them to return the following Tuesday, coinciding with the attendance of the aforementioned ministers and other invited security officials.