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Reps Probe Modification Of Armed Forces Act

House of Representatives, yesterday, passed a resolution to probe the modification of the Armed Forces Act through the revision of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, LFN, 2004.

Presiding  over yesterday’s session, Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha,mandated the Committee on Justice to investigate activities behind the alteration of the constitution and report back in four weeks.

Moving the motion, El-Sudi said: “Section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act as contained in CAP A20 LFN 2004, published in June 2004, states that the President may, after consultation with the Chief of Defence Staff and subject to confirmation by the National Assembly, appoint such officers (in this Act referred to as the Service Chiefs) as he thinks fit, in whom the command of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as the case may be, and their Reserves shall be vested.”

He expressed concern that in the updated revised edition of the LFN 2004, published in 2011, the Armed Forces Act CAP. A20 was amended in Section 18(1).

The amended version read: “The President may, after consultation with the Minister of Defence, appoint such Officers (in this Act referred to as “the Service Chiefs”) as he thinks fit, in whom the command of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as the case may be, and their Reserves shall be vested.”

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