The Senate is currently holding an executive session with the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno.
Mr Monguno appeared in the upper chamber at about 12:40 p.m. in company of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, following the Senate’s summon three weeks ago.
They were to appear before the Senate last Wednesday alongside other service chiefs but apologised and rescheduled.
Mr Monguno is to brief the Senate on the proliferation of firearms, spate of killings by terrorists as well as kidnappings by hoodlums across the country.
The Senate had on May 8 summoned all service chiefs; the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawan Daura; the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali; and Mr Monguno over the illegal possession of firearms by non-state actors.
The invitation was sequel to deliberations on a motion titled “proliferation of dangerous firearms in Nigeria” sponsored by Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North).
Mr Humkuyi had called for the invitation of the service chiefs while lamenting the incessant killings in several parts of the country with reference to the most recent killings in Kaduna State on Saturday.
Overtime, Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State and some villages in Maru Local Government of Zamfara State have been terrorised daily.
Armed bandits have not only killed and kidnapped residents of the villages but destroyed properties too.
On Thursday, after reading out the next order of the day which was the security briefing by the NSA, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, moved that the Senate dissolves into committee of the whole and the invitees were called in.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, thereafter, announced his presence and said that the briefing be held in a closed-door session.
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