The House of Representatives has reacted to the rising insecurity in Nigeria. Specifically, the House has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on the security sector.
Equally important, the call was made on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
The decision followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by the Chief Whip of the House, Rep. Mohammed Monguno; during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila.
The motion was tagged “Recent Attack by the Boko Haram Insurgents at Auno Village, Borno State”.
Monguno, who presented the motion, lamented the state of insecurity in Nigeria. He stated that commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road were compelled to suspend their journeys once it was 6pm. Further, he attributed this to security the challenges in the North East.
“Auno village is one of the spots where the Nigeria Army forces instruct the commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road to spend the night before proceeding their journeys the next morning. On Sunday, February 9, 2020, while commuters in their hundreds were waiting in the Auno village; the military men left them to their faith or at best abandoned them,” he said.
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Also, Monguno expressed concern that while the commuters were waiting to spend the night; Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped and burnt some of their vehicles.
“The occupants of two Hummer Buses and one Sharon Bus were kidnapped; 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed, including an infant,’’ he said.
The lawmaker said that the non-existence of a “super Military camp” on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road was exposing commuters to dangers of being “killed, maimed or kidnapped”. In addition, he noted that keeping commuters waiting at night was dangerous; in view of the insecurity challenges in Nigeria, especially the North East.
The Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta), who also supported the motion, reiterated the call for the removal of security chiefs.
However, the House urged the military authority to take action on the situation. It directed them to stop keeping commuters overnight at a particular period on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road. Also, military operatives were directed to allow travellers proceed on their journeys after 6pm.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers directed the House Committees on Army, National Security and Intelligence to investigate the remote causes of the attack. Also, the Green Chamber directed the Committee on Army to look into the setting up of super camps in Auno; as well as the withdrawal of the military from checkpoints.