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Lawan canvasses alternative solutions to security challenges

By John Akubo and Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
24 November 2021   |   4:07 am
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday, declared that to overcome the country’s security challenges, efforts must be made to seek other solutions besides military option to effectively check banditry...

Senate President Ahmed Lawan. Photo: TWITTER/DRAHMADLWAN/TOPEBROWN

Reps mandates police, DSS, others to end banditry

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday, declared that to overcome the country’s security challenges, efforts must be made to seek other solutions besides military option to effectively check banditry, militancy, terrorism and insurgency.

Lawan stated this in his remarks after a point of order raised by Rochas Okorocha to draw Senate’s attention to the worsening insecurity in Imo State and other parts of the South East region.

He indicated that the National Assembly had been consistent with legislative interventions to address the country’s security challenges, adding that such interventions would create jobs and introduce required legislation to promote economic development from local and foreign investments.

BESIDES, the House of Representatives, yesterday, mandated security agencies, especially the police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other agencies to end kidnapping and other crimes in the South East and entire country.

It lamented that there have been several cases of missing persons in the South East, particularly in Anambra State, urging the relevant security agencies to rise up to their responsibility

The lawmakers lamented the kidnap of Obiora Agbasimalo, the candidate of Labour Party (LP) for the Anambra governorship election, who was kidnapped on September 18, 2021.

In a motion presented on the floor of the House of Assembly during plenary, Chris Azubogu, who said five engineers working with Melan Consultants in Effium, Ebonyi State were also kidnapped since November 3, 2021, lamented that nothing had also been done or heard on the abduction.

The lawmakers regretted that with the several unresolved kidnap cases across the country, the situation had created high level of insecurity in the South East.

“Till today, many weeks after, nothing has been heard about most of the cases. The victims have families and loved ones, who are already broken and left in perpetual agony,” he said.

He said if nothing tangible is done to at least provide hope for the affected families, they might end up loosing their loved ones

In a unanimous decision, the House mandated its relevant committees to work with security agencies and report back in six weeks with a view to addressing the security challenges in the state and entire country.