The Senate is currently holding an executive session with the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin; the Director-General of State Security Service (DSS), Lawan Daura; and other service chiefs.
The Service Chiefs are the heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force and Navy.
Olonisakin led the delegation into the upper chamber at about 12:23 p.m. following the Senate’s summon two weeks ago.
The Service Chiefs are to brief the lawmakers on the proliferation of dangerous firearms, spate of killings by terrorists as well as kidnappings by hoodlums across the country.
The Senate had on May 8 summoned all service chiefs; the Director-General of the State Security Service, the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, over possession of firearms by unauthorised persons in Nigeria.
The invitation was sequel to deliberations on a motion titled “Proliferation of dangerous firearms in Nigeria” sponsored by Suleiman Hunkuyi, who represents Kaduna North District.
Overtime, Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State and some villages in Maru Local Government of Zamfara State have been terrorised daily.
Armed bandits have not only killed and kidnapped residents of villages but destroyed properties too.
On Sunday, about 87 persons were abducted along Birnin-Gwari Road in Kaduna State by armed bandits who ambushed over 15 vehicles conveying them.
After reading out the next order of the day, which was the security briefing by the service chiefs, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, moved that the Senate moved into committee of the whole and the invitees were called in.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, thereafter, announced their presence and said that the briefing be held in a closed-door session.
More to come.