Insecurity: Nowhere Is Safe In Nigeria – Reps

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Against
the backdrop of recent fatal attacks on security installations, federal
lawmakers yesterday expressed concern over worsening insecurity across the
country.
In
wide-ranging contributions sequel to a motion on urgent national importance on
worsening insecurity sponsored by Abubakar Momoh (Edo/ACN), lawmakers said the
attacks on the security establishments were clear pointers that nobody,
including security facilities, was safe again. They said there was reason to
worry over the safety of the National Assembly complex.

Suspected
Boko Haram last Sunday attacked a church inside the Armed Forces Command and
Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, killing more a dozen people and injuring
scores more. The very next day, on Monday, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad
(SARS) detention centre in Abuja came under attack when suspected terrorists
invaded the centre reportedly killing two police officers and setting free over
150 detainees.

The
incidents which LEADERSHIP learnt jolted the top security brass came in the
wake of rumoured plans for a peace talk between the federal government and the
Boko Haram sect. Although the police high command came out to announce that 25
of the fleeing suspects were recaptured, the incidents left most residents in
the FCT with fear that the insurgents had actually infiltrated the nation’s
capital.
When
contacted on the motion by the lawmakers, spokesman of the police, CSP Frank
Mba said the legislators, as representatives of the people, had the right to
pass motions in the interest of Nigerians.
“I
don’t have any reaction to make on the motion by the lawmakers. They are our
representatives and have the right to pass motion, so I don’t have anything to
say about that,” Mba said.   
Leading
the debate on the motion, Momoh cited Tuesday’s robbery in Auchi, Edo State,
which claimed the lives of three soldiers, some policemen and civilians. He
said the brazen robbery showed clearly that insecurity in the country was
getting out of hand.
In
other contributions, Rapheal Nnanna (Imo/PDP) said the successful attack on the
SARS headquarters in Abuja and a prior bomb attack on a church at the military
college in Jaji, Kaduna, showed that Nigeria’s security agencies were deficient
in checking insecurity in the country.
The
Imo lawmaker said, “The state of insecurity in the country has reached an
embarrassing level. What happened in Jaji and SARS headquarters is embarrassing
to the leadership and people of this nation. I see these people coming to the
National Assembly very soon”.
On
his part, House Minority Whip, Samson Osagie (Edo/ACN) said, “We can’t afford
to fold our hand and watch these people kill and maim people the way they are
doing”.
Jerry
Alagbaso (Imo/PDP) called on security agencies to focus on intelligence
gathering.
He
also called on the government to improve the sophistication of arms that
security agents used. “That is the only way they can overcome the current
challenge. Our security must improve on intelligence gathering,” he asserted.
In
a separate matter, the House of Representatives stepped down a bill seeking to
compel the president and governors to get the consent of the Senate and the
House of Assembly before relieving a minister or commissioner from office. The
bill was stood down for lack of merit.
Source:
Leadership

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