Insecurity: Reps want state of emergency

The House of Representatives has called on President Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the security sector.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed this to journalists after an executive session held by the House on Tuesday which lasted for over five hours. He said the House also resolved to invite the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, the service chiefs and other stakeholders on the current security situation in the country.

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The speaker noted that the House had also mandated all its relevant committees to look into all the issues related to security in the country.

In the 11 points resolution reached at the executive meeting, the House condemned the attacks on security agents and formations and sympathized with their families.

It also sympathised with all families, communities and institutions that suffered at the hands of bandits, terrorists and other criminal elements in the country, particularly in Ukpo, Ifitedunu, Dunukofia, Geidam, Abagana, IDP Camp in Makurdi Urikpam, Jato-Aka, Police Divisions in the South East, Ehime Mbano, Uzo-Uwani in Enugu State, Uzuakoli, Abia State, Balenga Local Government Area of Gombe State, and parts of Imo State among others.

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It called on the judiciary to accelerate the prosecution of those awaiting trial due to banditry, terrorism and other criminal activities.

The House further disclosed that the number of personnel in the police and military falls far short of the required number to effectively secure the country and calls for immediate recruitment of more hands.

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