OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Army, Defence, Navy, Air force, Police, National Security and other relevant Committees to make monthly reports to principal officers of the House on security situation in the country.

The House also mandated the committees to make available reports of their briefing to plenary on a quarterly basis so as to give the House opportunity to make informed decision on the security situation in the country.

The following resolutions were reached on Wednesday during plenary when Mr. Abubakar Nalaraba (APC, Nasarawa) brought a motion of public national importance urging security operatives to brace up to the current security situation bedeviling the nation.

In his debate, Nalaraba informed the House that there were reports that bandits have built their hide-outs at Rijana village on the Abuja/Kaduna highway from where they operate unhindered.

The lawmaker lamented the manner in which banditry, terrorism and kidnapping has thrived along the axis without commensurate challenge from the security operatives.

“Rijana is not like the Zamfara forest. It is a small community and these bandits have regrouped there and if care is not taken, they will soon move to Suleja and then to Abuja,” he said.

He disclosed that on Sunday, bandits attacked innocent travellers on the Abuja/Kaduna high way, killing and abducting Nigerians, adding that the operation of the bandits continued unabated on Monday, Tuesday and even Wednesday without security agents curbing their activities.

“Nigerian roads, especially the Kaduna/Abuja road which is one of the busiest roads in the country is no longer safe, especially on weekends such that even senior military and security officers with their convoy can no longer travel on the road”.

He maintained that as representatives of the people, the House should direct security agencies to take immediate action to flush out the bandits from the hideouts and make the roads safe for Nigerians to travel for their businesses.

In his reaction to the motion, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) wondered why little has been achieved despite huge sums of money appropriated for security every budget year.

“In 2016 the government of Nigeria took 1billlion and invested in security in this country. Same in 2020. We have to mandate the committees on Defense and Army to be giving us monthly reports. It will enable us to interrogate on issues of security. If we cannot go from here to Kaduna down to Kano then what are we doing in this House,” he queried.


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