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Banditry: Reps Urge FG To Deploy Troops To Zamfara

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The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to deploy more troops to Zurmi and Shinkafi federal constituency of Zamfara State in order to stem the perennial and incessant banditry,killings, kidnapping for ransom and armed robbery.

A motion sponsored by Mr Abubakar Moriki (APC, Zamfara) during plenary yesterday expressed worries that cases of armed banditry, kidnapping for ransom and armed robbery have been on the rise on daily basis.

Similarly, Hon. Ahmed Safana (Katsina APC) also called on the federal government to halt the abduction of persons and cattle rustling by heavily armed kidnappers resulting to loss of human lives in Safana, Batsari and Dan Musa federal constituency in Katsina State.

The Zamfara lawmaker explained further that no fewer than thirty persons were kidnapped in the last one month, including two minors of ten and eleven years of age, too many to mention in the two constituencies.

According to him, ‘’The federal government took far reaching decisions by deploying Special Forces through Presidential intervention resulting to tremendous decrease in cases of village/town banditry attacks. However, regrettably, this tempo was not sustained.

‘’Thus, these bandits regrouped and were now in various locations embarking on kidnappings for ransoms, armed robbery, and pockets of deadly attacks on villages and towns.

Contributing to the debate, Mr Yakubu Bade (PDP, Kaduna) reiterated need for the procurement of drones to enable proper surveillance in affected areas. He advised that the issue be taken seriously in other not for it spread to the entire nation.

Other contributors argued that the issue is not just approving the budget to procure the surveillance equipment but the improper carrying out of oversight for evaluation and the untrained security personnel to man them.

To this end, the House in adopting the motion, directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to, as a matter of urgency, provide relief materials to the affected communities, in order to salvage them from the predicament they found themselves.

The motion was therefore referred to the House Committee on Defence for further legislative action.

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