OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday bemoaned the high rate of insecurity across the country, insisting that the hideouts of bandits are well known.
This was sequel to a point of order raised by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, representing Niger North Senatorial District.
Coming under Order 42 of the Senate standing rule, Sen. Sabi informed his colleagues about the killings of police officers and villagers in his Senatorial District.
He noted that any time there is an onslaught against the bandits who are more in Zamfara and Kaduna State, they move into Niger state.
In his words: “I have brought substantive motions twice reporting what my senatorial district is facing in terms of banditry.
In this particular one, on Monday 14, 2022, the bandits in large number, riding on motorcycles with sophisticated weapons left their abode in Zamfara forest and came to Niger state through Mariga and Rijau local governments and had a temporary camp in a town called Lebele, which has a forest, which is contiguous with the one leading to Zamfara.
They encamped at Anaba ward in Magama Local Government. On Tuesday, they proceeded to where they launched a massive attack against the Nasco Tomato company. Having done that, they proceeded to attack a Police station.
In that police station they killed the DPO, DSP Umar Muhammed Dakingari, while addressing his men on the next operation they were having. Along him, ASP I, Maganda, ASP II, Abdullahi Gambo were killed.
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“As we all know, because of the insecurity situation, vigilantes and other voluntary groups work with the police to assist them. In the process, members of the vigilante corps in that local government were also killed – Haliru Isa, Yakubu Batuga, Ayuba Makeri, Sunday Nuhu, Dauda Sunday Nadodo and Michael Bako, all residents of Nasko were brutally killed. “The bandits swoop on them and brutally murdered them.
The DSP who was the DPO of Magma LG was very active in efforts to douse all criminality in the local government.
Members of the local government felt they lost someone that day. It was a very touchy moment and it has infuriated some of the residents to the extent that some people were being attacked as result of that episode.
We want to put on record that security agents, who are doing a wonderful job should be encouraged because arising from this, within that same week, these bandits were ambushed in Bangi area of Mariga Local Government were they met their Waterloo.
We want to urge the security agents to continuously block the route where these bandits normally come in because they have known routes,” Sabi narrated.
Senator Sabi urged the Senate to observe one-minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege who presided at the Tuesday plenary said he understood why Sabi had to come under personal explanation.
He said that he thought that the security agents would have done better than this in securing the environment.
“We expected a proactive action, not action after lives have been lost,” he said.