OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has called on security agencies in the country to urgently address the rising cases of armed banditry, killings, and kidnappings of innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari Federal Constituency, Kaduna State.
The Green Chamber also urged the federal government to as a matter of urgency, to implement recommendations from the National Security Summit, organised by the parliament.
This resolution was sequel to a motion presented by Shehu Balarabe; the lawmaker representing Birnin Gwari/Giwa Federal Constituency.
Balarabe in leading the debate reminded members that the welfare and safety of citizens is the primary responsibility of government as stipulated in the constitution.
He bemoaned the continuous siege on different communities in Kaduna State that has made motions on insecurity and banditry attacks a daily issue of discussions in Nigeria. He also stated that in less than a month, over 100 people have been killed, hundreds have been abducted, thousands have been displaced and properties worth hundreds of millions have been destroyed.
While commending the efforts of the State government and security agencies in attempting to curtail the activities of the bandits, Balarabe stressed that more military presence is needed in the communities in Kaduna State.
Meanwhile, the House called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Chiefs of Army and Air Staff to mobilise more personnel to the region.
They also called on the Airforce to be more proactive in responding to attacks by insurgents as their helicopter which is supposed to be for rapid response has never engaged the bandits when called upon.
Contributing to the motion, House Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa (APC, Kano) expressed sadness at the continuous siege on communities nationwide which makes it hard for elected members of parliament to defend the government.
He extended the condolences of the House of Representatives to the victims and bereaved families and expressed bewilderment at the fact that Kaduna State which hosts so many military formations will continue to be under siege.
Ado-Doguwa wondered why the problem persists when the Parliament has continued to ensure proper funding for security agencies during budget seasons.
The Kano lawmaker stressed that members cannot continue to act as though all is okay when the people they represent, who voted them into the office cannot be safe in their own country. He, therefore, called on the security and military agencies to be more proactive in order to forestall a situation where Nigerians will have to resort to self-help.
He called on the relevant House Committees with oversight functions over national security to ensure the security agencies of government are awake to their responsibilities.
On his part, Tajudeen Abbas (APC, Kaduna) lamented insecurity in the State as terrorists have laid out a well-planned pattern of crippling Kaduna State. This, he said is visible in the coordinated manner in which the airport, railways, and communities have come under attack within a week.
Abbas further called for swift action on the part of the government and security agencies. According to him, if nothing is done urgently, Kaduna State and by extension, the whole North-West zone may fall to the hands of bandits.
Contributing to the debate, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase called for more synergy and intelligence sharing between security agencies to ensure the end of the reoccurring insecurity. He assured members and Nigerians that the state of insecurity will not outlast the nation.
Wase also called on the judiciary to ensure the proper prosecution of apprehended bandits, as the lack of prosecution has been a source of frustration to Nigerians in the fight against insurgency.
He called on the relevant House Committees to step up their oversight of security agencies to encourage them as well as ensure that appropriated funds are rightly expended.
The Deputy Speaker also called on the Committee on Rules and Business to ensure committees seen to be unserious with referrals on security matters are discharged of their responsibilities, for better referrals to be made. He called for proactive action on the part of all relevant organs of government to ensure the frequent loss of Nigerians is curbed.
Aminu Suleiman (APC, Kano) bemoaned the fact that insecurity situations nationwide seem to be beyond the control of the security agencies. He stressed the worrying scenario in the North-West of Nigeria capable of snowballing into what transpired in the troubled North-East.
Suleiman called for the proper implementation of different resolutions of the House on insecurity. He further called on the president of the country to act as the Commander-in-Chief to ensure the safety of Nigerians.
Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) stressed the fact that no part of Nigeria is safe and there is a widespread index of attacks nationwide. He stated that it seems the Security Chiefs have been overwhelmed with the security challenges and called for drastic action on the part of all arms of government.
Haruna Mshelia (APC, Borno) reminded members that this was the same way the insecurity in the Northeast started, he called on the government to ensure the problem is nipped before the nation becomes engulfed.
Nasir Ali Ahmed (APC, Kano) while commiserating with victims of the violence in Kaduna state, called for a sack of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno who has been coordinating the nation’s security apparatus having been inactive for 7 years.
He refused to agree that the bandits are better trained and equipped than the military and the security apparatus of Nigeria.
The motion was unanimously adopted when the question was put and the House suspended its activities including committee sittings of the day in view of the happenings in the country.