Principal officers of the House of Representatives on Monday held a closed-door meeting with heads of security agencies on the spate of insecurity in the country.
They were said to have extensively discussed what they called the breach of national security by the recent #EndSARS protest.
#EndSARS protest which initially was adjudged peaceful nationwide later turned violent as hoodlums hijacked to cause mayhem and destruction in many parts of Nigeria.
The House, at plenary on October 20, 2020, had set up an ad hoc committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase to be assisted by House Leader Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu.
Other members of the committee were drawn from security-related bodies in the House to meet with heads of security agencies in order to proffer solution to the development.
The committee was set up following a motion sponsored by Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) and seconded by Julius Pondi “on the urgent need to address the possible breach of national security in the national #EndSARS protest.”
Wase said, “You may recall that on October 20, 2020, the House passed a motion on the need to address the breach of national security under the peaceful protest in the country in the guise of EndSARS.
“With that, the House set up a committee to be headed by myself, the two leaders of the House (Minority and Majority leaders), chairmen of all relevant committees in terms of security and three members from each of the committees.
“The essence of the committee is to …ensure that we have a harmonious nation. This is the essence of the committee. This is our first meeting and we are going to take input from the various services.
“This is a matter that concerns security. No nation discusses its security situation on camera. With this, I want to beg the press to kindly excuse us so that we can have a very robust discussion.”
The Deputy Speaker said the Federal Government had swiftly disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police, which was the reason for the protest.
He expressed concern that the legitimate protest of Nigerians was hijacked by hooligans who took advantage of the protest to unleash mayhem on innocent Nigerians.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an Executive Order to address police brutality.
FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office
The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).
This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.
The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.
“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”
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The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”
“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”
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