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The screening of the new Service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26 has commenced in the House of Representatives.

The chairman of the House Committee on Defence and Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee screening the Service Chiefs, Hon. Babajimi Benson, had, on Monday, promised that the screening, which will be carried out in secret because of its sensitive nature, will commence on Wednesday.

In the statement, Benson had said the House was determined to make sure Nigeria gets the best from the Service Chiefs as the nation must do everything possible to get the issue of security right in memories of all those who have died in the fight against insecurity.

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He added that the House will give the Service Chiefs all the required support to succeed in their assignments if confirmed.

The newly appointed Service Chiefs who are being screened are Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Lucky E.O Irabor; Chief of Army Staff Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amao.

This will be the first time the House of Representatives will be conducting a screening of Service Chiefs, which Benson said is in accordance with provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, Cap A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 which required that the nominees be confirmed.

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