The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs says it has commenced investigation into the lopsided recruitment by the State Security Services, SSS.
The chairman of the committee, Tijjani Kaura, who announced this during Thursday’s plenary, promised that the committee would soon come up with its recommendations.
Quoting Order 43 of the Senate Standing Order, Mr. Kaura said the committee was prompted to commence investigation into the matter following petitions from concerned Nigerians.
He assured 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.
“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.
The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, urged the committee to carry out thorough investigation into the matter and report back to the Senate.
“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.”
The Senate probe is coming days after the Federal Character Commission asked the SSS to explain the shockingly skewed appointments into the organisation.
PREMIUM TIMES had on April 28 exclusively reported the shocking lopsidedness in the composition of the new officers recently absorbed into the agency.
The agency, also called DSS, had commissioned 479 cadet officers after their passing-out parade in Lagos on March 5, after a nine-month training programme under the agency’s Basic Course 29/2016/17, which encompassed academic activities, insurgency/counter insurgency, intelligence operations and gathering, firearms drills and physical training exercises.
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But PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed wide disparity in the numbers of slots allocated to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, indicating that the federal character principle may have been ignored in the recruitment of the officers.
Our findings revealed that the SSS recruited 51 persons from Katsina State alone whereas all the six states in the south-south got a combined 42 candidates. Also, all the five states in the south-east got less than 50 states.
The action is believed to have unduly favoured northern states, contrary to section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
The report sparked outrage across the land, with many calling for thorough investigations into the alleged lopsidedness.
Metro Security Services have partnered with the Southern Kings and will be providing security services for the remaining home matches of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
It is important that local companies give back to their communities and get behind initiatives that can unify and uplift people, said Alfred da Costa, chairman of the Metro Security Services Group of Companies.
The Eastern Cape has a rich rugby history and talent pool. Hosting top flight events also have a significant economic impact for the region, he said. Da Costa said the partnership was a perfect fit for Metro Security Services, a company that was founded in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2003 and has since grown to be a dynamic organisation within the South African security industry.
A critical factor of any major event is the physical wellbeing and safety of those attending, as well as the safety of their property, and Metro Security Services has the experience and know-how to fulfil that role, said da Costa.
We are delighted to have Metro Security Services, which has its origins in Nelson Mandela Bay, partnering with us, said Southern Kings Chief Operations Officer, Charl Crous. Crous said the support of local business was critical in the long term success of professional rugby in the region.
The Southern Kings face the Cell C Sharks at the Nelson Mandela bay Stadium on Saturday, 13 May 2017. Gates open at 12 noon, with a curtain raiser between the EP Kings and Border Bulldogs, before the main game at 17:15. Tickets are R60 for general and R80 for main stand and are available through any Ticketpro outlet.
PHUKET: An ex-security guard at a hotel in Pa Khlok was arrested and charged for assault as well as theft and possession of an illegal firearm and drugs, on Tuesday after he beat up a hotel staff member and robbed her last week. Thalang Police apprehended the suspect, Panya Jara, 28, at his rental house in Pa Khlok where they confiscated an Iphone, Ipad, two ATM cards, hotel keys, the illicit drug krathom and a firearm. Police have withheld the name of the hotel where the victim, Chinese national Poon Yi Ting, was working as an intern.
Ms Ting told police that she was sleeping in the staff dormitory when Mr Panya made his way in and attempted to steal her possessions.
She woke up and tried to stop him, so he assaulted her and made off with her belongings, including a cellphone, a laptop and cash (1,600 Hong Kong dollars and 200 baht). Only the cellphone was recovered at the suspect s house.
Mr Panya confessed to robbing and assaulting Ms Ting and also implicated an accomplice, who he named only as Somporn, said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teerapol Thipjaroen.
Mr Panya used to work as a security guard at the hotel and therefore knew his way around the premises quite well, Gen Teerapol noted.
Police are now looking for Mr Somporn.