Just in: Senate orders all service chiefs to step down over insecurity

Obinwannem News Tanker Explosion Left 25 Burnt To Death In Delta June 23, 2020 By Ugochinyere Onyechere Information reaching Obinwannem News has it that not less than 25 people were burnt to death following an explosion of a tanker carrying petroleum products along the Benin/Sapele highway, around Koko Junction, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. Vehicles not less than Ten were burnt as well, in the incident that occurred around 10: 25 AM on Wednesday. According to Friday Akowe, an eyewitness, "I was there when it happened, the Tanker tried to avoid some death trap on the road mistakenly he falls down but didn't explode immediately, it was when people come to see on how to help them that was when it exploded burning 25 people or more to death and beyond recognition, some vehicle around were burnt too". the witness said. Another Testimony from another witness who played anonymity while in a sobbing mood, said, "The Tanker exploded when it fall, stating that some traders were consumed by the fire of the explosion, he said it was just like a film, confessing he hadn't seen anything like that before". However The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC arrived at the scene around 1:32 Pm the same day after the incident.

Just in: Senate orders all service chiefs to step down over insecurity

Following the resolution of the upper legislative chamber which followed a motion sponsored by Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south and chairman of the committee on army Nigeria, the Senate, ordered all the country’s Service Chiefs to step aside over insecurity, directs President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately appoint new ideal ones.

This is coming after Buratai, on Monday while addressing the State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhmmadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, said that the various shades of insecurity in different parts of the country will end as soon as Nigerians want them to end.

Despite calls for the sack of Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff; Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff, and Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff, President Muhammadu Buhari has kept them in office.

While moving the motion, Ndume expressed worry that over 200 soldiers have resigned from the army and that many other members of the armed forces who are scared of losing their lives are also in the process of leaving the military, adding this could affect the fight against insurgency.

Meanwhile, in the past few days, there have been several bloody attacks across the country, amounting to the death of many people in the Southern part of Kaduna and men of the Nigerian Army.

“The Senate notes with concern the number of casualties among the Nigerian army and other security agencies,” he said.

“That just recently 24 soldiers were ambushed and killed along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno state, 19 were wounded and nine were declared missing in action.

“In Katsina, soldiers were also ambushed and killed while several others were wounded, the number of casualties is not known.

“The Senate appreciates the sacrifice of our armed forces in the fight against the insurgency and banditry and protection of territorial integrity and several other security assignments given to them.

“The Senate is concerned that if the trend continues, it would have serious implications on the fight against insurgency, banditry.

“It has been alleged that over 200 soldiers voluntarily resigned their engagement or appointment with the Nigerian army.”

The upper legislative chamber also asked the federal government to equip the troops with modern weapons.

The motion was adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News

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