The National Assembly has charged the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, and the Inspector- General of Police, Usman Baba, to address the rising number of bandit and kidnapping attacks on motorists on the Abuja- Kaduna highway and other roads in the country.
The House also asked all of its security committees to meet with security agencies once a month and to report back to the leadership and the full chamber on what the agencies were doing to address security problems on a monthly and quarterly basis.
At the plenary on Wednesday, a member of the House, Mohammed Nalaraba, moved a motion of urgent public interest to condemn the attacks on the road between Kaduna and the nation’ s capital city.
Bandits were reportedly reuniting at Rijana village on the Abuja- Kaduna route, according to security reports, according to Nalaraba. He bemoaned the fact that security forces had done nothing to flush them out despite having access to intelligence and that criminals were now operating freely from their new hideouts.
Rijana is not like the Zamfara jungle; it is a small community and these bandits have regrouped there; if care is not taken, they will soon go to Suleja and eventually to Abuja, ” the legislator warned in response to a question about why security officers had not yet gone after the offenders. ”
Nalaraba expressed alarm about the country’ s escalating security challenges, which he claimed had claimed many lives and for which there was no end in sight.
Bandits have continued to attack motorists on the Abuja- Kaduna expressway, killing and kidnapping Nigerians, according to him.
He said that security officers failed to thwart attacks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
The congressman lamented that Nigerian roads, particularly the Kaduna- Abuja highway, which he described as one of the busiest in the country, were no longer secure, particularly on weekends, and that even senior military and security officers with escorts could no longer travel on it.
According to Nalaraba, the House, as the people’ s representatives, should instruct security services to take prompt action to drive out robbers from their hideouts and make Nigerian roadways safe to travel on.
Nicholas Ossai also expressed his displeasure with the fact that, despite large security budgets, road attacks had become a daily occurrence.
” You will recall that in 2019, without consulting the National Assembly, the Federal Government took $1 billion and put it in security, ” Ossai added. However, in the interests of all, we backed the move. A large sum of money was allocated for security in 2020, but a large number of lives were lost in unannounced incidents. However, it has now become a national issue as a result of the death of a politician.
” We’ re working on the budget for 2022, and I’ m aware that security takes up a significant portion of the budget, even when Nigerians are dying, ” he said.
” One of the busiest routes in the country is the Abuja- Kaduna highway. ” It is the road that our northern farmers use to get their produce to the southern market. Why are we sitting in the National Assembly if we can’ t go to Kaduna or other regions of the North?