- The Senate says it has commenced an investigation into the alleged lopsidedness in the recruitment of cadet officers in the DSS
- The chairman Senate committee on federal character and inter-governmental affairs, Senator Tijjani Kaura, promises that the committee would soon come up with its recommendations on the issue
- Kaura assures Nigerians that the committee would stop at nothing to ensure that the issue of federal character as contained in 1999 Constitution (Amended) is followed to the letter
The director-general of the Directorate of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura, may soon have to face the Nigerian Senate over the alleged lopsidedness in the recruitment of cadet officers in the DSS.
The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs says it has commenced an investigation into the alleged lopsidedness in the recruitment is the secret service, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The chairman of the committee, Sen. Tijjani Kaura, who said this in a Point-of-Order at plenary on Thursday, May 18, promised that the committee would soon come up with its recommendations.
Quoting Order 43 of the Senate Standing Order, to buttress his point, Kaura said the committee was prompted to commence investigation into the matter following petitions from some concerned Nigerians.
He assured that the committee would stop at nothing to ensure that the issue of federal character as contained in 1999 Constitution (Amended) was followed to the letter.
“I stand before you, on behalf Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter- Governmental Affairs, to say that this committee is looking critically into this matter.
“This is with the intention of ensuring that justice is done in this recruitment.
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“I also want to add that this committee has similar cases from different agencies, which it is already looking into to ensure the Constitution is strictly followed, ’’he said.
In his remarks, NAIJ.com learnt the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, urged the committee to carry out thorough investigation into the matter and report back to the Senate.
He said: “In line with our standing rule, we cannot debate on the matter. We take note of your comment and we will look into the matter.
“The committee should keep us posted on its findings and recommendations.’’
Meanwhile, the Federal Character Commission (FCC) has commenced investigation into the alleged lopsided appointments that recently took place at the State Security Service (SSS).
The commission has thus asked the SSS to explain within three months what actually necessitated the lopsided appointments.
The Nation reports that the FCC threatened to sanction the security organisation if it could not provide explanations within the stipulated period.
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