DHQ op­poses ser­vice chiefs’ con­fir­ma­tion by N/Assem­bly

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The De­fence Head­quar­ters yes­ter­day op­posed pro­posal for the con­fir­ma­tion of newly ap­pointed ser­vice chiefs by the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Speak­ing at a pub­lic hear­ing or­ga­nized by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives com­mit­tee on de­fence, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the De­fence Head­quar­ters, AVM Ibrahim Shafi, said the cur­rent pro­vi­sion in Sec­tion 18 of the Armed Forces Act, which sub­jects the ser­vice chiefs’ ap­point­ments to Na­tional Assem­bly con­fir­ma­tion, is in con­flict with Sec­tion 218 of the con­sti­tu­tion.

“Our po­si­tion is that the en­tire Sec­tion 18 should be deleted. What we’re say­ing is that the sec­tion is in di­rect col­li­sion course and con­flict with Sec­tion 218 of the con­sti­tu­tion, which em­pow­ers the pres­i­dent to ap­point the ser­vice chiefs with­out any pro­viso for Na­tional Assem­bly con­fir­ma­tion.

“But the Armed Forces Act pro­vides other­wise and it doesn’t pro­vide for the ap­point­ment of the CDS. So, all the amend­ments in Sec­tion 18, in our view, are un­nec­es­sary. The sim­ple thing to do is to delete the en­tire sec­tion,” he told the panel chaired by Mukhtar Aliyu Be­tara (APC, Borno).

AVM Shafi also said although they would pre­fer an up­ward re­view of the re­tire­ment age of mil­i­tary per­son­nel from what cur­rently ob­tains in the pub­lic ser­vice; they would abide by what­ever de­ci­sion taken.

Declar­ing the hear­ing open, Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara called for proper equip­ping, staffing and train­ing of men of the Nige­rian se­cu­rity agen­cies, say­ing cur­rent happenings made it nec­es­sary to re-ex­am­ine the ar­chi­tec­ture of polic­ing in Nige­ria to make it more ef­fec­tive.

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