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Insecurity: Senate makes case for Army base In Garkida 

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Insecurity: Senate makes case for Army base In Garkida 

Nigerien soldiers wait for instructions before attacking a enemy command and control node, during training at Camp Po, Burkina Faso, on Feb. 20, 2019, during Flintlock 19. Flintlock is an annual special operations and State Department exercise involving more than 2,000 soldiers, airmen, naval and police forces from more than 30 nations. Lessons learned at Flintlock strengthen global security institutions, promote multinational sharing of information, and develop interoperability among western and partner nations in North and West Africa. (Army photo by Richard Bumgardner)

Following last weekend’s bloody attacks by insurgents on Garkida town in Adamawa State, the Senate has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to re-establish a command base in the community and all other major settlements bordering the Sambisa forest.
It also urged the North East Development Commission, NEDC to immediately embark on rehabilitation of public and religious institutions destroyed by the terrorists and provide assistance to other individuals affected in  the attacks.
The resolution followed a point of order 42 and 52 raised by the Senator representing Adamawa Central, Senator Aisha Dahiru Ahmed Binani (APC Adamawa, on the attack that took place on the 21st February, 2020 in Garkida.
After listening to her point of order, the Senate also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently assess the extent of damage and provide relief materials immediately to the Garkida community.
Aisha had said that on the 21st February, 2020, an insurgent group attacked the good people of Garkida, a peaceful town in Gombi LGA of Adamawa Central Senatorial District.
According to her, the insurgents in over seven Gun Trucks and many motorcycles attacked the town at about 7pm setting many buildings ablaze.
“Also aware that three soldiers were killed in the dastardly attack. Property worth millions of Naira were burnt or destroyed including: public hospital, schools, Telecommunication facilities, Police station, buses, cars, food stores, private property belonging to the good people of Garkida.
“Worried that the Garkida crises which has led to the destruction of lives and property was planned by the insurgents to have a religious connotation considering that churches and residences of some prominent indigenes were burnt, an act aimed at destroying the foundation of peaceful co-existence among Garkida community and Adamawa state as a whole.
“Further note that, as a result of this, the urgent need to take more drastic actions in the face of such affront on the national security architecture, the region and indeed the entire nation is long overdue.
“Concerned that in view of the enormity of the situation, the Federal Government needs to put more innovative measures in place to frontally confront these challenges,” Aisha said.
Also contributing, the Senator representing Adamawa South, Binos Dauda Yaroe, said the insecurity especially at the villages was worrying, urging government to take necessary action at stemming it.
Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, who spoke after the Senate resolution, expressed confidence that if their committee working on various issues of insecurity in the country submit their report this week, it will help in addressing the problems.

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