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House again calls for state of emergency on insecurity

The House of Representatives has reaffirmed its call for the declaration of a state of emergency on insecurity, following the murder of 92 people in Plateau State on April 10.

This followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by a member from Plateau State, Mr Yusuf Gadji at the plenary.

The lawmaker stated in addition to those killed, 41 houses and 86 shops were burnt while 3,413 persons were displaced.

Gadji alleged that despite intelligence reports by the Department of State Services on the influx of terrorists to Plateau and other neighboring communities, no proactive measures were initiated by security agencies to avert the attacks.

The deputy speaker Ahmed Wase, who presided called for the prosecution of security agents found guilty of assisting bandits.

A member from Katsina State, Fatuhu Muhammad, stressed the need for relevant committees of the house to strengthen their oversight functions to find a lasting solution to the problem.

“The security agencies come here, present their budget and we allow it to pass, there is no oversight function to unravel the truth.”

For a member from Benue State, Blessing Onuh, addressing the nation’s security challenges is the responsibility of all Nigerians and not government alone.

Adopting the motion, the House called for the establishment of military bases and the deployment of troops in the affected areas.

It also urged the Inspector General of Police to immediately deploy Mobile Police Force Squadrons to maintain law and order and provide Mobile Police Force Squadron formation in the affected communities.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Tina Oyinsan