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Mahmood Yakubu Returns As INEC Chairman

…As Senate Calls For Heads Of Security Chiefs

The Senate, on Tuesday, has confirmed the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the second term of five years.

…As Senate Calls For Heads Of Security Chiefs

The Senate, on Tuesday, has confirmed the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the second term of five years.

The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya, which submitted its report at plenary and recommended Yakubu for confirmation.

The senators, who spoke before his confirmation, described him as highly qualified for the job.

Meanwhile, the Senate,  asked the President Muhammadu Buhari, to sack service chiefs as a result of their failure to secure Nigerians.

The Senate decision, which is the third it would pass this year, followed a motion by Senator Kashim Shettima on the recent killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The Senate asked Buhari to replace the security chiefs with new ones “immediately”.

The red chamber also asked Buhari to restructure and remodel the nation's security architecture.

Apart from that, the chamber demanded a probe into the allegations of corruption and financial leakage levelled against some top hierarchy of the military.

The Senate asked Buhari to aggressively negotiate with the nation's neighbouring countries for multinational cooperation in order to strengthen the war against insurgency.

It directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, NEMA and NEDC to provide succour and psychological support for the families of the victims.

It also sought proper welfare for soldiers at the war front and proper resettlement and support for the families of the fallen soldiers.

It urged the federal and state governments to address issues fueling insecurity in the country.