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Send enough military personnel, fighter jets after terrorists, Senate urges FG
The Senate has urged the federal government to send enough military personnel and fighter jets after terrorists who are behind the kidnappings and killings across the country.

This followed the fear by the continuous security challenges and related attacks on Nigerians, ROYAL NEWS reports.

The resolution was sequel a point of order raised on urgent matter of national importance titled: “Urgent need for the Federal Government to take drastic actions to bring to an end the act of banditry and kidnapping in Faskari Local Government Area” by Senator Bello Mandiya (APC Katsina South)

 

Relying on Order 41 and 51 of the Senate Rules, Mandiya noted that the act of banditry and kidnapping has become a daily incidence in Katsina with huge consequence of loss of lives, means of livelihood and displacement of communities.

 

The lawmaker recalled that, “on Sunday, 31st January, 2022, gunmen struck Ruwan Godiya a Community in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State where Thirty Eight (38) members of the community were kidnapped.

 

He stated that the federal government had made frantic effort in curbing the menace by setting up Operation Sharan Daji and Inter-Agency Task Force to tackle cases of banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping in Katsina State.

 

Mandiya lamented that “the continuous security challenges and related attacks by bandits on towns, villages and communities in Faskari Local Government Area have meted untold hardship on the people and have subjected the affected areas under serious survival threat”

 

“If this menace is not drastically and promptly addressed, the consequence is going to be huge on food sufficiency since the affected communities are mostly farmers,” he added.

 

Contributing, Senator Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya (APC Katsina Central), faulted the inability of the military to contain the situation despite several calls for it to act.

 

In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, said the repeated cases of kidnappings and killings makes it imperative for the military to “wake up” to protect Nigerians.

 

He wondered why full scale action was yet to be carried out by the military in spite of increased funding for security in the 2022 budget by the Executive and National Assembly.

 

“The expectation of their Senate is that there is supposed to be a remarkable difference in success in terms of the fight against insurgence, banditry and militancy in Nigeria.

 

“The military is getting better funding from the government and what we expect is to see an improvement in output.

 

“I know the resources are not enough, but recently for one and a half years, government has upscaled the level of funding for our military.

 

“Secondly, when we declared the bandits as terrorists, my understanding was they are going to be dealt with ruthlessly now. I wonder whether that is the case.

 

“The military like some of our colleagues have said, need to wake up. We want to see a difference because we have made a difference in terms of funding.

 

“I know funding alone will not be enough, but funding can make a difference and we expect a difference in outcome.

 

“Thirdly, we need to mobilise our citizens, because when a hundred people are kidnapped and abducted, they are not taken by aircrafts, they are taken by motor bikes, pass through the villages and possibly towns, how come do we then say that nobody has seen something?

 

“We need our citizens to be part and parcel of our security architecture. In fact, there’s no way we can achieve better security for this country without the participation of the citizens in the fight against Insecurity.”

 

Accordingly, the Senate urged the Security Agencies to comb all known hide outs of the kidnappers in a bid to rescue the 38 persons abducted by the gunmen in Ruwan Godiya.

 

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