Nigeria, Feb. 24 -- The Senate joint committees on Defence, Army and Navy has commenced the screening exercise of the newly-appointed service chiefs.

The nominees appeared before the panel shortly after plenary on Tuesday.

Those who appeared before the committee are Chief of Defence Staff, a Lucky Irabor, a major general, and Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, also a major general.

Others are Chief of Naval Staff, Awwal Gambo, a rear admiral and Chief Air Staff, Oladayo Amao, an air vice marshal.

The screening was, however, done behind closed doors as journalists were asked to leave the hearing room after introductions were done. It lasted for over an hour.

Prior to the executive session, the service chiefs-designate took turns t...