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Nigerian Reps to screen new service chiefs Wednesday

The Nigerian House of Representatives will on Wednesday February 17, 2021 screen the newly appointed service chiefs.

The service chiefs will be screened behind closed doors for security reasons, according to Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday.

They are Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor – Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao – Chief of Air staff.

They are to replace the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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It would be recalled that the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, had last Wednesday February 10, 2021, read a letter from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, seeking the confirmation of the new service chiefs.

Buhari’s letter was dated January 27, 2021, while the stamp on the acknowledgement copy indicated that it was received on February 5, 2021.

Gbajabiamila later constituted a panel made up of chairmen, deputy chairmen and some members of the military-related standing committees, to be led by Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Mr Babajimi Benson.

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