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BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja

Barring any change, the Senate has concluded plans to invite chiefs of relevant security agencies to offer valid explanations over the collapsed security structure in the country.

The lawmakers yesterday took a drastic stand and opted for an emergency need to hold a closed-door session with Service Chiefs on the resurgence of the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, as well as on the incessant heinous attacks by armed herdsmen.

Recall that Senate, last week, said it is disturbed by incessant attacks by armed bandits across the states in the country.

It however, proposed to amend the National Security structure which, it said has collapsed totally and insisted the need to checkmate the wanton killings and massive destruction of property.

The Upper Chamber had unanimously voted for establisment of state police to enable adequate community policing.

Also, Senate is worried that rampant proliferation of arms is on the rise and relevant security agencies are not doing enough to abate it. It said heinous attacks by Boko Haram insurgents and armed herdsmen, as well as Niger Delta avengers have equally remained unabated.

Consequently, the lawmakers are insistent that for security to be efficient, intelligence gathering which they noted is grossly inadequate, must be strenghtened.

The Upper Chamber said the central policing system has not successfully addressed the security challenges faced by the country largely due to inadequate manpower in the Nigerian Police Force and other military formations.

Because of this, Senate has constituted a committee to immediately review the current security architecture of the country and to come up with recommendations to proffer a way forward and onward implementation of workable policies.

Yesterday in plenary, Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno South), under a point of order, moved a motion and informed that insurgency in the North East has resurfaced.

Ndume prayed the Senate to invite all Security Chiefs to brief it on the matter and other security issues. He suggested that the security meeting be held in closed-door.

However, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu agreed to the need for Senate to meet with the security chiefs but further ruled that the issue will be discussed at another legislative day with a view to proffer a final legislative action on the matter.



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