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Reps Intensely Grill Service Chiefs in High-Stakes Showdown

The House of Representatives Commences Screening of New Service Chiefs Appointed by President Tinubu

The House of Representatives began the screening process of the newly appointed service chiefs by President Bola Tinubu. Led by the Majority Leader of the House, Julius Ihonvbere, the screening committee evaluated the capabilities and qualifications of the service chiefs.

  1. Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa – Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Maj. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. AVM Hassan Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff

The Chairman of the Adhoc Committee, Babajimi Benson, emphasized the importance of the Armed Forces adhering strictly to the provisions of the Appropriation Act. He urged the service chiefs to work together and share intelligence to improve synergy. If confirmed, the performances of the service chiefs would be reviewed by the National Assembly.

“Under my watch, the Armed Forces will protect the territorial integrity of the country and work in synergy,”

– Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa

Previously, the Senate screened and confirmed the appointment of the service chiefs. Senate President Godswill Akpabio stated that the service chiefs addressed various defence-related matters and current issues during a closed-door session.

On June 19, 2023, President Tinubu replaced all service chiefs in Nigeria, directing the new appointees to assume their roles immediately. The changes included the removal of Alkali Usman as Inspector-General of Police (IGP), and the retirements of Lucky Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff, Faruk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff, Awwal Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff, and Isiaka Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

As part of the reshuffle, Tinubu appointed new service chiefs and named Nuhu Ribadu, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the new National Security Adviser (NSA), replacing Babagana Monguno. Adeniyi Adewale was also appointed as the Acting Comptroller General of Customs.

The new appointees have already assumed their roles in an acting capacity, awaiting confirmation by the National Assembly.

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