OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Wednesday, observed a minute silence in honour of the civilians, policemen, and the six soldiers who were gruesomely butchered to death by bandits.
It also urged the Chief of Army Staff and Inspector-General of Police to deploy more security men to effectively secure the Takum Local Government Area (LGA) in Taraba State and fish out the bandits.
The lawmakers during plenary further mandated the intelligence agencies to take steps to fish out the sponsors of these bandits so that they are made to face the law;
The House also called on all branches of government to ensure that the shortage of men in the armed forces is urgently addressed to combat the nature of the security challenges confronting the country today.
These resolutions of the House were reached sequel to a motion brought by Danjuma Shiddi who decried the unconscionable killings of Civilians and Soldiers in Takum, Taraba State.
The House notes that it has become pertinent to increase the capacity of the Armed Forces and security agencies to forestall further loss of lives.
Leading the debate, Shiddi stated that on Tuesday 10th May 2022, bandits attacked Tati village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State; it further notes that the Tati village, a farming community was razed down by bandits who had arrived in the area the previous night;
The House was informed that in response to several distress calls made by the residents, the Security agencies mobilised scantily to the area;
The House notes that the bandits ambushed the security agents who were outnumbered and in the ensuring face-off six soldiers including civilians were killed.
“The bandits had earlier killed a Policeman at a checkpoint and other civilians at Tati; the Commander of the 93 Battalion is missing as well.
The massive movement of the bandits to the area had been reported by residents to government agencies and functionaries as well as security agencies some days back;
Also aware that Security agencies especially the 93 BN of the Nigeria army and some units of the Special Forces (operations Wild Stroke) had engaged the bandits successfully last week and seized dangerous weapons from them.
About a month ago the bandits had struck Kwentwen, Kwencwen, Kwenmboi (Quarry), Gangum 2, Tati-Kumbo, and Tati area. Others are; Bassang, Fawen, Kashiten, and Muji in Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas respectively, and killed over 46 persons without any serious challenge.
Concerned that these bandits are increasing in their reach and destabilizing more parts of the country.”
Presiding Officer and Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase while ruling on the matter in accordance to House resolution urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently provide assistance to members of the affected communities in Takum LGA in Taraba State