The Senate yesterday stood down all items on its order paper and suspended legislative duties till Tuesday in honour of 44 soldiers killed by Boko Haram in Borno State last weekend.
It also mandated its committee on army and defence to pay a solidarity visit to soldiers in the northeast, investigate the loss of troops and ascertain if personnel have adequate provisions.
The casualty figure according to reports excludes nine farmers killed during the three-day attack on some villages and a military camp.
The resolutions were sequel to an adopted motion sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Bala Na’Allah and Senator Andrew Uchendu.
Na’Allah in his lead debate had made three prayers: the observance of a minute’s silence, the condolence visit and investigation. But Uchendu added that the Senate should adjourn sitting rather than merely observing the moment’s silence. Read more