- The House of Representatives, on Thursday, April 2, directed the federal government to declare a state of emergency in some areas in Kastina state
- This followed the adoption of a motion by Ahmed Safana on the need for government to intervene in wanton killing of innocent persons
- Safana also lamented the destruction of property by armed robbers and kidnappers in the area
The House of Representatives, on Thursday, April 2, directed the federal government to declare a state of emergency in Safana/Batsari/Dan Musa federal constituency of Kastina state, as well as deploy military in the area to check criminal activities in the constituency.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Ahmed Safana on the need for government to intervene in wanton killing of innocent persons, destruction of property by armed robbers and kidnappers in the area.
According to Daily Sun, Safana, in his lead debate, informed the House that various communities in his constituency were currently under seige by bandits armed with sophisticated weapons.
The lawmaker noted that the bandits operate both at night and in the day, killing and abducting people.
He said regrettably the killings have continued as security agencies seem not to be proactive, despite tip off from members of the affected communities.
Contributing to the debate, members of the House expressed worry over the deteriorating security situation in the country, stating that no part of the country was safe.
The lawmakers stated that the spate of banditry, kidnapping and violent crimes across the country is a failure of the executive arm of government, which controls the security agencies, to live up to its responsibilities.
The lawmakers, who queried the essence of government if people were killed with impunity on daily basis, called on the government to show more commitment to the protection of lives and property nationwide.
Chairman, House committee on rules and business, Edward Pwajok said, “this thing is happening all over the country. We have failed. It is very sad. A spade should be called a spade. Action should be taken let us take action to save our country.”
Bashir Baballe said there was need for the parliament to interface with the executive arm over the security situation in the country, before the expiration of the eight Assembly.
He stated that it is obvious that bandits, kidnappers and other criminals unleashing mayhem across the country were undermining state.
“We need to rub minds. Where are the people coming from? We should ask ourselves some vital questions. Where are they coming from. We need to engage the executive before the end of this assembly and find a lasting solution,” Baballe stated.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied a statement attributed to the Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara, alleging that the NAF ignored a distress call when armed bandits attacked Makwa village in Kura Mota district of Bungudu local government area in the state.
The Emir had claimed that the local government chairman, while supposedly alerting the NAF commander, was allegedly told, by the commander, that he was not supposed to have picked the chairman’s call, “since you people have decided to disgrace us.”
NAF spokesman, Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 1 stated that the said report and the alleged remarks by the Emir, are fraught with errors and inconsistencies, deliberately concocted to disparage the good name and reputation of the service.
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