Reps commences screening, confirmation of new service chiefs


The House of Representatives on Wednesday commenced screening and confirmation of the newly appointed service chiefs in Abuja.

The event is coordinated by the House of Representatives Committee on Defence.

The new appointees were called upon to share their portfolios as well as their vision if they are confirmed to take on the new roles.

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The Committee on Defence Chairman, Honourable Babajimi Benson said the House will give the service chiefs all the required support to succeed in their assignments.

This is the first time the House of Representatives is conducting the screening of service chiefs, which Benson said is in accordance with provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, Cap A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 which required that the nominees be confirmed by the National Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed the service chiefs on 26 January following the resignation of the former officers.

Major-General Leo Irabor replaced General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao replaced Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo replaced Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; while General Ibrahim Attahiru replaced Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as Chief of Army Staff.


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