Chibok Girls: Service Chiefs Absent At Senate Meeting

The National Security Adviser (NSA) and other Service Chiefs invited to brief the Senate on their efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls failed to honour the invitation on Wednesday.

Only the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase and the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, attended the briefing.

No explanation was given for the absence of the Service Chiefs at the end of the session.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, presided over the session.

The DG, DSS and the IGP were said to have briefed the lawmakers on efforts being made to rescue the abducted Chibok girls who had been in captivity for over two years.

After the closed session, Ekweremadu announced: “The Senate was briefed by the Director-General, State Security Service and the Inspector General of Police on the abduction of the Chibok school girls and efforts to rescue them in the last two years.

“We urged them to continue and should leave no stone unturned to achieve the rescue of the Chibok girls.

“Thereafter they answered questions bothering on topical national security issues from very distinguished senators.”

The Senate had last Thursday invited the Service Chiefs to brief it on efforts at rescuing the Chibok girls.

This followed a motion by Senator Dino Melaye on the issue.

Credit: Nation

Budget: Buhari Absent At FEC Emergency Meeting

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) emergency meeting reviewing the details of the 2016 has been adjourned.

The session, which started at 11.00am, reconvened after jumaat prayer.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed told State House journalists that the budget review exercise was a work in progress.

“We received the details of the budget yesterday. And an extra ordinary FEC meeting was called to avail ministers to look at the details and see how it affects their ministries. 

“It is still work in progress. We are studying it and we will later make our statements available”, the minister said.

It was reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently presiding over an emergency session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) over the 2016 budget details.

The meeting started at exactly 11.10am when Osinbajo arrived the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

President Muhammadu Buhari is believed to be in the country, but it is not yet clear why the meeting is being chaired by his deputy.

Apart from cabinet members, some heads of agencies and parastatals as well as several presidential aides are also attending the meeting.

State House correspondents were asked  to vacate the Council Chambers for the “crucial budget session” summoned to review the details of the 2016 Appropriation Bill which was transmitted to the president yesterday.

Credit: dailytrust

APC Leaders, Senators Peace Meeting Ends Abruptly, Buhari Absent

A scheduled meeting between leaders of the All Progressives Congress, President Mohammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly, elected on the party’s platform, ended abruptly on Tuesday.

This followed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as President of the 8th Senate.

The party leaders and some elected Senators and members of the House of Representatives were at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, waiting for Buhari, when news filtered in that the Senate had been inaugurated and that Saraki had emerged unopposed.

As if this was not enough, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party defeated Senator Ali Ndume of the APC to clinch the slot of Deputy Senate President.

The emergency but belated meeting of the APC was slated for 9am while the inauguration was scheduled to hold at 10am. However, as of 10. 56am, the APC legislators at the ICC were still waiting for the President.

The notice of meeting, which was circulated, partly read, “The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, will address all Senators and House of Representatives members-elect of the All Progressives Congress at 9am this morning Tuesday, the 9th of June, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. All concerned must endeavour to attend this meeting.”

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