Insecurity: National Assembly may be attacked by terrorists - Management raises alarm
- There is a palpable tension that the National Assembly complex may be attacked by terrorists
- An official of the National Assembly management said some strange and suspicious-looking persons have in recent times thronged the complex
- The National Assembly complex's director of public affairs confirmed the situation but noted that steps were being taken to address it
As Nigeria's insecurity worsens, the management of the National Assembly Complex has raised an alarm over the possible attack of the complex by terrorists.
A top management official of the complex who spoke anonymously on Wednesday, February 12, said there is a dangerous intelligence report that the complex may soon be hit.
The official told Daily Trust that some strange and suspicious-looking persons have in recent times thronged the National Assembly complex.
He added that the strange faces have been claiming to be constituents of lawmakers when confronted by the security operatives at the complex.
The official said steps are already being taken to forestall any attack but lamented lack of cooperation from some stakeholders.
The complex's director of public affairs, Yahaya Dan-Zaria, confirmed the situation but noted that steps were being taken to address it.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security.
The lawmakers made the statement on Wednesday, February 12, after the chief whip of the House, Mohammed Tahir Mongunu, raised a motion of urgent public importance in reaction to the recent killing of travellers at Auno village along that Damaturu/Maiduguri road by Boko Haram insurgents.
Mongunu faulted the military for closing a checkpoint and disallowing travellers from continuing with their journey.
The lawmaker accused military personnel of abandoning the travellers to their fate and exposing them to attacks from the insurgents.
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President Buhari has, however, restated his administration's commitment to providing lasting solutions to the security challenges bedevilling the country.
The president, after his sympathy visit to Borno state over the Sunday, February 9 Boko Haram attack which killed many, gave an assurance that he is taking steps to "ensure improvement in security, nationwide".
President Buhari added that the Nigerian military is working harder to conquer the insurgents just as he appealed to the community leaders to cooperate with the troops.
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