Senate security report ‘ll address bandits’ attacks – Lawan

By Ignatius Okorocha

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that the security committee report of the upper legislative chamber would address various attacks being unleashed on different communities by armed bandits and other forms of insecurity in the country.

Lawan, in his remarks after a point of order 43 raised by the Senate deputy minority leader, Emmanuel Bwacha, on attack that took place in his constituency in Taraba State, lamented that no day passes without security breach.

He described the security breach in the country as a source for concern for the leaders and other Nigerians, noting that the security committee report would soon be ready to address all the lapses.

“Thank you minority leader, we have taken note of what you have said because you came under order 43.

“The Committee on Security will soon finish their work before we know what to do further. Of course, there is no day that passed without a security breach in one way or the order,” Lawan said.

Bwacha had while presenting the motion, said officials in the Federal Ministry of Works went to his senatorial district for an assignment and he advised them to go with security men.

“As they were going, they ran into a huge crowd of bandits who rode on motorcycles armed with AK47 rifles.

“Why am I saying this, Mr. President, is because insecurity is a topical challenge that we know. On whether the insurgents are everywhere now is a matter not known to the public.

“Upon sighting the security agents, they ran away and two of those bandits who were caught unaware abandoned their machines (motorcycles) because they were not prepared to run. The soldiers exchange gunfire with them and took their two machines into their vehicles.

“Now this has heightened fears among citizens of Taraba and its environs. It has given credence to speculations in the social media that they have planned an attack on communities around Yoro and Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State in a commando style like it happened in Garkida,” Bwacha said.

On why the explanation was necessary, Bwacha said communities must wake up and complement the role of the military.

“At this point, I must also commend the people and government of Niger State for the role they play a few days ago. I want to urge communities to wake up with the same style of Amotekun and protect themselves because our military are overstretched. They must form new strategies to confront this people,” Bwacha added.

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