Senate tasks security agencies to mitigate rising insecurity

Sharon EboesomiOctober 5, 20232 min

The Lawmakers stressed the need for the creation of state police as one of the solutions to the insecurity in the country.

The Senate has charged Service Chiefs to intensify actions to mitigate rising insecurity in the country.

The Service Chiefs include Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.

The Senate also invited the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, and the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu.

The charge followed deliberation of a motion on Thursday, following news of the abduction of five female students of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma in Katsina State on Wednesday.

Sponsor of the motion, Senator Abdulaziz Musa Yar’Adua (APC, Katsina Central), in his lead debate, expressed serious concern over the kidnap of five female students by yet-to-be-identified gunmen from their hostel rooms in the early hours of Wednesday, October 4.

Yari, who recalled that twenty-four female students of the Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara State were also abducted last month, as well as Corps members, lamented the incessant abduction of students particularly, females.

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He called on security agencies to be more proactive and ensure the rescue of the abducted female students as well as the corps members still in captivity.

Adopting the motion, the Senate also urged the military to conduct special operations to dislodge bandits in the North-West and in other parts of the country and also called on the Federal Government to address the manpower deficit in the armed forces and police.

The lawmakers further emphasized the need for the creation of state police as one of the solutions to the security challenges in the country.

Sharon Eboesomi

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