Nigeria's security agencies are overwhelmed, says Lawan

Ahmad Lawan

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Deji Elumoye in Abuja

Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan said yesterday that Nigeria's current security challenge has overwhelmed its security agencies in the country.

This is coming at a time when the Senate, in the plenary, skinned the wave of murder of bandits in some communities in the states of Niger and Katsina.

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Lawan, who stated this while contributing motions on the need to strengthen security in the states of Niger and Katsina, moved by Senators Sani Musa (APC, East Niger) and Mandiya Bello (APC, South Katsina), emphasized that the agencies security personnel are overloaded due to an inadequate number of personnel and equipment.

According to him, security agencies have never shied away from their responsibilities to ensure security for everyone in the country.

He, however, said: “But with inadequate personnel and equipment, they are undoubtedly dominated by the wave of crimes across the country.

"However, they are expected to redouble their efforts to get these bandits, kidnappers and other criminals out of their various hiding places."

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Also yesterday, the upper legislative chamber expressed concern about the endless killings of bandits in some communities in the states of Niger and Katsina.

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Therefore, it urged security agencies to face the disturbing challenge by establishing permanent military bases in the affected areas.

The Senate urged the federal government to establish a permanent military base on the border between the areas of Alawa and Uregi in the areas of the local government of Shiroro and Rafi of the state of Niger, which is the epicenter of banditry.

He also asked the federal government to instruct the police and the army to reinforce the mobilization of personnel and equipment to the critical points of banditry in Katsina state.

Also contributing, Senate Whip deputy chief Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said the issue of insecurity in the country had been debated in both chambers of the National Assembly with the resolutions passed.

He said: “What is required of security agencies now is action and nothing more. It is necessary for them to wake up confronting irrational criminals head on. "

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