The House of Representatives Thursday lamented incessant killings in the country, noting that the security situation is degenerating by the day.
To this end, the House mandated its relevant committees to audit the exact number of security personnel in Nigeria, and to review the country’s security infrastructure.
This is just as the member representing Tambuwal/Kebbe federal constituency of Sokoto state, Hon Abdussamad Dasuki observed that the 8th Assembly have since inception considered 79 security related motions and all the motions involved killings of innocent Nigerians.
“We have crisis before let’s not talk of party, religion. Security agencies have failed, I spent a better part of my morning reviewing the motions we have passed on insecurity, we have passed 79 motion, and in all the 79, we observed a minute silence in honour of innocent Nigerians killed,” he stated.
The House while considering a motion of urgent national importance, moved by the Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Hon Aminu Sheu Shagari, directed it’s Committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the cause of the attacks and report to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.
Shagari had in his motion titled “On the dastardly attack by armed bandits in some villages in Rabbah local government of Sokoto state,” armed bandits invaded the villages, maimed and killed about 32 people and embarked on wanton destruction of properties.
According to him, search and rescue effects are ongoing and the number of fatalities might increase as the entire villages were burnt down.
“The armed bandits issued threat letters to the villagers warning them to pay some millions or risk being attacked prior to the invasion by about 100 of the armed bandits on motor cycles using guns.
“They also used improvised explosive devices suspected to be petrol bombs in carrying out their dastardly act.
“All the residents of the affected villages and neighbouring villages are all displaced and currently taking refuge in primary schools in Gandhi town numbering in their thousands, mostly women and children.”
Shagari explained that the Sokoto state Government had risen to the occasion by providing relief materials, including shelter, food, water and medicare to internally displaced persons.
He however expressed concern that if urgent security measures were not put in place to curb the attacks, the people would be continuously exposed to unimaginable danger. Adding that socio-economic life of the people had been adversely affected with the attendant humanitarian crises.
The House thereby urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected victims.
Meanwhile, the member representing Chanchaga federal constituency constituency of Niger State, Hon Umar Bago, in his contribution enjoined Nigerians to deemphasise politics while considering security issues.
Bago said it is the collective responsibility of every Nigerian to ensure security of lives and properties.
“We cannot continue to politicise security issues, the security of this country is our collective responsibility, when people were killed in Jos, some attributed it to religion, and now that it has happened in Sokoto, nobody is talking about religion,” he said.
His counterpart from Shiroro/Rafi/Munya federal constituency also from Niger state, Hon Adamu Chika observed that the armed bandits maybe an offshoot of Boko-Haram members who are scattered in every part of the country.