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Service Chiefs Get Senate Confirmation

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BEVERLY HILLS, August 04, (THEWILL) – The Senate has confirmed the newly appointed service chiefs.

The military chiefs, who were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, were confirmed after a four-and-half hour screening at the Tuesday's plenary and charged to tackle the problem of insecurity and oil theft, among others.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who presided over plenary, said he had no doubt that the service chiefs would deliver on their mandate.

He urged them to root out corruption in the procurement procedure of the armed forces, adding that the prevalence of corruption in the system affected effective delivery over the years.

Saraki said, “The appointments, as we all see, is coming at a very crucial time with a lot of challenges, particularly insurgency in the North East and some other security issues such as oil theft and others.”

Saraki called on the service chiefs to preserve the confidence reposed in them by carrying out their responsibilities effectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that President Buhari approved the appointment of new service chiefs for the nation's armed forces on July 13.

They are Maj.-Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice-Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff.