Insecurity: Senate fears impending food crisis

Kauthar KhaleelOctober 10, 20233 min

Senator Musa said about 5,000 villagers have been displaced in the last three days due to insecurity.

The Senate has warned that Nigeria may experience an acute food crisis should the current alarming insecurity situation in the country is not immediately checked.

This is even as it called for increased military presence in Niger State.

The warning came yesterday, following the adoption of a motion on the “Urgent need for the federal government to deploy troops and other security apparatus to immediately bring an end to the menace of insurgency and terrorism in Niger state and other parts of Nigeria.”

In his lead debate, the sponsor of the motion, Senator Sani Musa (APC, Niger), bemoaned the worsening insecurity in the country despite passing resolutions, constituting an ad hoc committee on security, organizing national security summits, appropriating funds, and supporting every effort at addressing the persistent insecurity in our nation.

“For seven years now Niger East Senatorial District of Niger State has come under constant and sustained multiple deadly attacks by heartless, venomous, and hydra-headed Boko Haram terrorists who are always heavily armed with assorted sophisticated and dangerous weapons unleashing their horror on our innocent populace.

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“The negative effects of atrocities committed by these heartless monsters in the period under review include among others, total collapse of the local economics of the affected victims, total collapse of the educational system in the affected areas, famine due to the collapse of agricultural activities, displacement as abuse and deadly subjugation.

“Unfortunately, these repeated attacks are taking place amidst the absence of slightest hindrance, resistance, or confrontation from the authorities concerned.”

According to him, about 42 communities across Shiroro and Munya Local Government have so far fallen under Boko Haram control with about 5,000 villagers already displaced in the last three days.

“Primary schools in Gwada, Kuta, Pandogari, and Minna have hurriedly been turned to IDP camps following the sacking of nearly 5,600 villagers from their ancestral homes in Shiroro, Rafi, and Munya local government areas in the last few weeks by bandits who raided the towns and villages.”

He maintained that the sole remedy for regaining community members’ faith is the security and safety of the impacted areas.

The Senate thereafter, urged the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Inspector General of Police to immediately deploy troops to defend the unarmed populace and bring back security to the affected communities.

It also urged the security agencies to redesign the modus operandi within the affected areas so as to curtail the escalating insecurity.

It further directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the National Emergency Management Agency to, as a matter of national emergency, provide relief materials and a medical support team to the victims immediately.

 

 

 

Kauthar Khaleel

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