. Summons Security Chiefs
In a unanimous decision, the Senate, on Wednesday deferred consideration on the request of President Goodluck Jonathan to extend the emergency rule in place in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.
It however summoned the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, National Security Adviser, Colonel Though the request was listed on the order paper, the Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, moved a motion that the consideration should be deferred till Thursday.
The Senate Leader pointed out that such issue can only be debated after it has been gazette and copies of the gazette made available to all Senators.
He also made it known that adequate briefing from the security agencies on the progress of the ongoing emergency rule which has been in place since May last year would be required before extension could be considered.
“It is the tradition of this Senate that we appraise and assess the performance of the state of emergency, before we debate any request for extension.
So I will move that this Distinguished Senate do invite the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police, to brief this Distinguished Senate tomorrow in a close session to enable us to commence debate on the President’s request,” Ndoma-Egba said.
While speaking, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, agreed that the Senate should be “well informed of the situation on ground and the efficiency or the effectiveness of the state of emergency in the past 12 months to enable us take a proper decision.”
I therefore appeal that in accordance with the motion moved by the Senate Leader, we should step it down till another legislative day.”
While seconding the motion, Senator James Manager added that “it is important to invite the Service Chiefs but since they were under some authorities, I want to amend the motion as proposed by the Senate Leader by adding two very important persons; first the National Security Adviser, the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Police Affairs”.
The National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, all Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) were asked to appear before the Senate on Thursday.