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Report: Screening of service chiefs postponed

Screening of Service Chiefs which should have held on Thursday has been postponed till next week Thursday.

According to the Punch, the change in date is due to the pulling out parade being organised by the military for the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh, taking place in Abuja on Thursday.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has on Wednesday announced that the new service chiefs would undergo their screening during plenary sessions on Thursday.

The senate president urged members to be seated on time in order to effectively do justice to the assignment before them.

But the leadership of the Senate quickly announced the postponement to enable the Service Chiefs as well as the senate president, who had been duly invited to the POP, to attend the event.

A letter of invitation  to the POP, addressed to Saraki and signed by Major General M.A. Koleoso, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, explained that the event, where Badeh would be formally disengaged  from service, would hold at the Mogadishu Cantonment by 9am.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, told journalists on Wednesday that the shift in the date of screening was to enable the new service chiefs and Saraki, to attend the event.

Saraki had read President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter, seeking the confirmation of the upper chamber for the appointment of new Service Chiefs, during plenary on Tuesday.

He said the letter to confirm the appointments was in accordance with the provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004.

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