OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a motion seeking to address leakages of classified security documents to the public.
The motion was sponsored by Samuel Babatunde Adejare (APC, Lagos).
The House noted that the recurring incidents of leakage of classified security documents to the public through various social media platforms, online print media and other sources were jeopardizing the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the country.
The lawmakers also decried the huge amount of funds spent by the federal government to tackle insecurity but not much success has been achieved.
While moving his motion, Adejare said that “the federal government has made concerted efforts through provision of human, material and financial resources in the fight against insecurity.”
He went further to say that “concerned that the leakage of classified security documents and other acts of sabotage is causing failure of intelligence gathering. It likewise ignites misunderstanding and lack of cohesion among operatives involved in different operations against insurgency and other acts of terrorism in Nigeria. We are also disturbed that the unfortunate situation is enabling other acts of crimes and criminalities such as jailbreaks, mass abductions, invasion of farms and animal rustling.”
Additionally, the lawmaker submitted that “worried that if such acts of sabotage are left unchecked, they may pose great risks to the lives of security personnel and ultimately imperil the country,” he sated.
The Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, who presided over the day’s plenary, put the motion to vote and the House adopted it.
Wase also mandated the Committee on National Security and Intelligence to carry out a detailed investigation on the matter and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.