OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to secure the release of 136 pupils of Islamiyya school abducted in Tegina, Niger State by bandits.

The lawmakers also asked the government to deploy drones and helicopters to track bandits hideouts in Niger State.

They further urged the National Security Adviser (NSA), Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to re-jig the security architecture in Niger State and put in place effective strategies and counter measures to tackling the worsening insecurity across the State.

It also urged the security agencies to develop a mechanism that will ensure effective collaboration and mutual synergy among themselves especially at ensuring that the Department of State Security Service (DSS) provides actionable and timely intelligence to the sister agencies in the fight against banditry, insurgency and terrorism.

The above resolutions were sequel to a motion brought by the Niger Caucus in the House on Thursday.

Presenting the motion, Saidu Umar decried the current security situation in Niger State and called for national attention.

According to him, “the worsening insecurity in Niger State today needs national attention. The federal government must as a matter of urgency secure the release of the 136 students abducted from Tegina, Niger State. Also, effective strategies and counter measures must be put in place to arrest the worsening insecurity in the State and country at large.”

Saidu Musa noted that Niger State has been making critical headlines in the news due to the worsening activities of bandits, kidnappers and boko haram elements in the past few months and that the kidnap of the 136 pupils is a worsening dimension.

He lamented that “only for these few days, a Prince from Kontagora and others were killed; serial abductions of innocent people from Suleja Local Government were reported; and bandits were seen operating along Zungeru, Tegina and Kontagora axis of Niger State for days and nights without resistance.

“No fewer than fifty (50) communities across Munya and Shiroro Local Government Areas of Niger State were sacked and over 3,000 people were displaced from their ancestral homes to seek refuge in IDP’s Camps and to worsen the situation, the Military Bases in Allawa, Bassa and Zagzaga in the two Local Government Areas were overran by the insurgents in their renewed attacks recently.”

The lawmaker was disturbed that “the operations of the Nigerian Military, NPF, DSSS and NSCDC in the affected LGAs and generally in the states in tackling different kinds of internal security threats, have not yielded the desired result as the bandits strike mostly in the day time and operate without any challenge from the security agents now”.

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