House of Reps summons Buhari over insecurity in northwest

House of Reps summons Buhari over insecurity in northwest

- Members of House of Reps have invited President Buhari over the state of insecurity in the northwest

- The lawmakers called on federal government to urgently deploy soldiers to the affected areas in the northern part of the country

- House of Reps want Buhari to disclose measures being taken by his government to curtail the ongoing killings in various parts of the country

President Muhammadu Buhari has been summoned by the the House of Representatives over the state of insecurity and destruction of property by bandits and kidnappers in most north western states of the country.

Daily Trust reports that while calling on the federal government to urgently deploy soldiers to the affected areas, the lawmakers also ‎asked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure the provision of relief materials to victims of the attacks.

Legit.ng gathered that the resolutions followed an amendment to a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance by Ahmed Safana (APC, Katsina), and seconded by Gabriel Onyewife (PDP, Anambra).

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Tagged the “Need for government intervention on the ongoing unwanton killings by bandits and kidnappers in S‎afana/Batsari federal constituency of Katsina state‎,” the lawmaker had sought the declaration of state of emergency in the affected areas.

It was reported that after an extensive debate on the matter, a request by Danburam Nuhu (PDP, Kano), that the state of emergency be extended to the whole of northwest‎ region, was overruled by majority voice votes. ‎

But Ali Madaki (PDP, Kano) urged that “this man” should be invited by the lawmakers to explain why the killings have continued unabated, to which speaker Yakubu Dogara corrected him by inserting “Mr. President.”

When put to voice vote, majority of the lawmakers supported that President Buhari should be invited to disclose measures being taken by his government to curtail the ongoing killings in various parts of the country, especially in the northwest.

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“It is the constitutional duty of lawmakers to take action whenever brutal and inhuman attacks are being inflicted on any community or group of people of this country. Yet, no official date was slated for the appearance of the president before the lower chamber'', Dogara said while passing the motion to invite the president.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the police in Katsina state confirmed the killing of 10 persons by bandits at Gobirawa and Sabawa villages in Safana local government area of the state.

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