Senate irked by unending terror attacks in Benue

Sharon EboesomiMarch 6, 20243 min

The Senate called on the Federal Government and other authorities to invest in surveillance technology and equipment to solve the security challenges in the country.

Insecurity: Senate raise brows over terrorism in Benue

The Senate has called on the Federal Government and other authorities to invest in surveillance technology and equipment to detect and forestall the recurrence of terrorism, as it condemned in strong terms the recent attacks on Benue communities by terrorists.

The Red Chamber also called on the Inspector General of Police, Air staff, and heads of other security agencies to, among other things, urgently deploy security personnel to address the continuing attacks by armed terrorists parading as herdsmen in the five communities.

These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion on urgent public importance by Senator Memga Udende (APC, Benue North) during Wednesday’s plenary

In his lead debate, Udende expressed worry over the worsening spate of insecurity in the country while disclosing the killing of over 50 people in Kwande, Logo and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas of Benue State including the kidnapping of the Ukum Local Government Chairman, Rev. Gideon Haanongon, and the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Matthew Abo, over the last three months.

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Contributing to the debate, the immediate past President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North) declared that the security architecture in the country has collapsed leaving Nigerians defenceless and frustrated.

Senator Lawan expressed concern that despite the huge budgetary allocations to defence, terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements are still having the upper hand.

After contributions from lawmakers, the Senate unanimously urged Service Chiefs including the Inspector General of Police to as a matter of urgency deploy their men to flush out the criminal elements terrorising parts of Benue state.

It also resolved to send a delegation to condole with the government and people of Benue State.

Sharon Eboesomi

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