OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter urgency, declare a state of emergency on security to tackle the alarming spate of insecurity in the country.

The House also resolved to invite the service chief in charge of defence, army, airforce, and navy, heads of paramilitary agencies, the Nigeria Security Adviser (NSA), Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Managing Director (MD) of Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) to brief the House on the Security situation in the country.

The Speaker of the Green Chamber, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, on commencement of plenary session at about 12:30pm on Tuesday announced that the House was going into an executive session.

On resumption from the executive session at 3.15 pm, the Speaker said lawmakers considered and debated thoroughly the country’s security issues and came up with the following 11 resolutions on the security situation in the country:

  1. Condemnation of attacks on security agents and formations and sympathizes with their families
  2. The House sympathizes with all the families and communities that have been victims of banditry, terrorism and criminal elements in the country, particularly in Ukpo, Ifitedunu, Dunukofia, Geidam LGA, Abagana, IDP Camp in Makurdi Urikpam, Jato-Aka, Police Divisions in the South East, Ehime Mbano, Uzo-Uwani in Enugu State, Uzuakoli, Abia State, Balenga Local Government Area of Gombe State, and parts of Imo and Nationwide.
  3. The House reiterates its commitment to the security and corporate existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and would therefore accelerate its engagement with stakeholders on a special security summit to be organized by the House of Representatives.
  4. The House should urgently invite the NSA, Service Chiefs, and Paramilitary Chiefs, Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service and the MD of Nigerian COMSAT to brief the House on the Security Situation in the Country.
  5. Considering the Security situation, the President should immediately declare a State of Emergency on security so as to fast-track all measures to ensure the restoration of peace in the country.
  6. Call on the judiciary to accelerate the prosecution of those awaiting trial due to banditry, terrorism and other criminal activities.
  7. Provide emergency relief to all communities that have been adversely affected by recent attacks across the country.
  8. The President should as a matter of urgency, ensure financial autonomy to Local Government Councils to guarantee their functionality to serve the local populace.
  9. The Federal Government should ensure the protection of national Infrastructure assets, particularly the Shiroro and Kainji Dams in Niger State.
  10. The House mandates all its security committees to immediately commence a comprehensive audit of all military and paramilitary assets and arms in our Armed Services and revert to the House within 4 weeks.
  11. That the number of personnel in the Police and Military falls far short of the required number to effectively secure the country and calls for immediate recruitment to this effect.

After reading the resolutions, the Speaker asked the House Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa to move for the adoption of the resolution of executive session which was seconded by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu.

The Speaker put the question and the motion was adopted.

In his final remarks before adjournment, the speaker reiterated that as a proactive measure, the House had earlier set up an ad hoc Committee on Security on the 24th of May, 2021 and that the date had been agreed for a national security retreat where much-needed far-reaching security resolutions would be expected to be taken.

The Reps have made countless resolutions on security over the years with nothing concrete happening to change the dreadful insecurity in the land.

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