- Niger state is currently battling with the invasion of bandits from neighbouring states
- Two senators from the state have brought the attention of the National Assembly to the situation
- Interestingly, both senators have been in the new in recent times for sponsoring controversial bills
Sani Musa, senator representing Niger East senatorial district and his counterpart representing Niger North senatorial distrcit, say bandits have overtaken their state.
Interestingly, both senators have been in the new in recent times for sponsoring controversial bills.
While Musa is the sponsor of the bill seeking to regulate social media, Abdullahi is the sponsor of that which is seeking to curb hate speech.
Raising a matter of urgent national importance on Wednesday, November 4 during plenary, Musa said the security architecture has collapsed.
“There are no security agencies intercepting them. You cannot imagine the victims I have seen, they will hardly survive because they are all having injuries from gunshots.
“So I’m bringing this matter of urgency to this hallowed chamber to rise to this occasion because the insecurity is becoming alarming and if we should allow it continue and we feel safe here, we are not safe. I’m putting this motion so that something drastic can be done.
“I will want this house to resolve in calling the security chiefs to order. The security architecture in that area is not working. The bandits from Katsina, Zamfara are all in Niger state,” he lamented.
Also speaking on the issue, Abdullahi said Niger is at the receiving end of the efforts of the Zamfara government in ridding the state of bandits.
He said there should be a holistic approach in tackling the problem.
Thereafter, the Senate called on the service chiefs to tighten security in Niger state and urged the federal government to provide relief materials to the victims.
Recall that bandits had on Monday, November 2 attacked Kukoki community in Kagara local government area of Niger state.
According to an eyewitness, the attack on members of the community claimed the lives of 13 people, just as several other persons sustained injuries.
“Many people are presently leaving Kagara town as there is rumour making the rounds that the bandits are presently on their way to Kagara, to also launch another deadly attack,” a source quoted in the report said.
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