Senate Tasks Jonathan on Security
The Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator George Sekibo, who presented the report said, although the casualty figure and gravity of destruction in Baga were highly exaggerated, the mayhem caused by the insurgents was devastating, unfortunate and condemnable.
Apart from observing a minute of silence in honour of the dead, the Senate made a case for the re-establishment of all Public Service Institutions shut down as a result of the insurgency while NEMA should assist owners of building destroyed to rebuild them towards reducing the refugee problem in the community.
The Armed Forces have also been advised to adhere to the rules of engagement to minimize collateral damage in their operations while communities should report suspected criminals in their domains. Meanwhile, the Senate has confirmed President Jonathan’s nominees for appointment to fill existing vacancies in Government.
They include, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun as Justice of the Supreme Court and Captain Fols Akinkuoto as Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
In the meantime, a special valedictory session was held in honour of the former Deputy Senate President Albert Legogie, as well as Senators Tony Anyanwu and Wahab Dosunmu who died recently.
Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba who sponsored the motion to that effect described the former lawmakers as Nationalists and selfless servants to humanity.
A minite of silence was observed in their honour while the Senate resolved to condole their families, Governments and people of their respective States of Edo, Imo and Lagos.
Also, at Wednesday’s plenary, 4 new bills were read for the first time while Senator Kabir Garba Marafa submitted a petition against the Nigeria Police on the killing of 51 people in Kizara village of Zamfara State by unknown gunmen.