Herdsman Attacks: Senate Makes Demand From Executive
The senate is asking the executive arm of government to do more about insecurity in the country and end the crisis in different states, particularly Taraba and Benue.
Lawmakers in the Senate returned from the Christmas and New Year recess and they are trying to catch up with events that had happened while they were away.
At plenary on Wednesday, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha cited order 43 and spoke on the gruesome murder of a parliamentarian who was a member of Taraba State House of Assembly, Mr Hosea Ibi. He was abducted on December 30 by unknown gunmen.
“Armed herdsmen activities in Lau Local Government Area, Taraba State, have led to several loss of lives," he said, demanding that the National Emergency Management Agency deploy relief materials.
He also stressed the need for the Executive to deploy more security personnel to that particular region.
Another lawmaker who contributed to the deliberation was Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.
“It seems Nigeria is becoming a lawless country where lawlessness has no consequences. If the security cannot do their jobs then the leadership should be questioned and changed," Senator Murray-Bruce said.
Senator Marafa Kabir also cited order 14 and said: "I received a call from my home town that members of my constituency were kidnapped by unknown militia and are threatening to kill them unless they pay a ransom".
"The Governor and Commissioner of police of Zamfara State know these sect and are doing nothing about it," he claimed.
The effect of the insecurity in Ngieria was also highlighted by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeremadu.
“Foreigners are afraid to come and invest in Nigeria because of these multiple killings all around the country, in some parts people are killed and eaten," Ekweremadu said.
Herdsmen attacks have recently whipped up sentiments about the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari into security agencies and a senator again touched the issue.
"So many appointments in this country are unmerited. They are not performing their basic duties of protecting lives and properties," Senator Isah Misau said.
After all senators contributed to the issue, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, stressed that the focus should be how to get "a long lasting solution to the security issues".
"Right now we need to look into solutions and the way forward," he told lawmakers.
After all the deliberations, the senate resolved to send a high power delegation in conjunction with the State Government to find a long lasting solution to the problem and demanded that NEMA, as a matter of urgency, release relief materials.
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The lawmakers also asked the executive to deploy more security forces - personnel of the army, police, Department of State Services and Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps - in affected troubled areas.
It also demanded that the security agencies mount a comprehensive surveillance on the Taraba and Adamawa border to deter future occurrences.