Senate rejects move to stop service chiefs from diverting security budgets 

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The Senate Wednesday rejected a prayer from Senator Adams Oshiomhole ( APC Edo  North),  seeking a probe of the funds allegedly appropriated to the Military in the past to fight insurgency and banditry across the country.

It  also kicked against investigation into the purchase of yacht and establishment of universities allegedly built with funds appropriated for the military in the hometowns of some  past service chiefs in order to prevent future occurrence.

It however adopted the motion urging the Federal Government to seek the collaboration of private security outfits to end insurgency and banditry in the country.

It equally challenged the military and security agencies to employ the use of modern technology and scientific strategies to fight insurgency and other criminal activities in the country.

The resolutions were sequel to a motion by  Senator Ali Ndume ( APC Borno South)  on the recent suicide attacks in Gwoza, which killed many people and injured several others.

Ndume in the motion  titled, “Suicide Attacks In Gwoza, Borno State: The Urgency To Stem The Tide Of This Ugly Menace”,  drew the attention of his colleagues to the incident which occurred on Saturday, 29th June, 2024.

He said brazen suicide bombers targeted a wedding ceremony, funeral and hospital in a sporadic and coordinated attacks in the Gwoza town of Borno State, which resulted in the unfortunate deaths of about 32 innocent Nigerians so far, leaving scores of other victims wounded with varied degrees of injuries.

He also noted that one of the incidents occurred near a busy motor park in Tashan Mararaba, Gwoza town and the victims were mainly civilians returning from a wedding ceremony, where the assailant was identified to be a young lady in her early 20s.

The  attacks according to him ,  had raised significant concerns about the security situation in the region, which has been a flash point of terrorist attacks over the years calling  for concerted and coordinated efforts of the security agencies.

However an additional prayer by Senator Adams Oshiomhole urging the Senate Committee on Army and Air Force to carry out oversight on the way funds which were allegedly appropriated for the military in the past were expended, was rejected by the red chamber.

Oshiomhole alleged that some past security chiefs established universities not teaching anything about security while the Navy even bought a yacht.

He was of the view that banditry and insurgency would have been successfully fought if the money was spent on modern technology and scientific equipment currently being used to fight criminality across the World.