Reps raise panel to probe leakage of classified documents

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate how classified government documents get to the public, describing their leakage as an act of sabotage.

The decision followed the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Babatunde Adejare at the plenary on Thursday, which was titled, ‘Need to Address Leakage of Classified Security Documents to the Public.’

Sequel to the adoption, the House mandated the Committee on National Security and Intelligence to “carry out a detailed investigation on the matter and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.”

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Adejare said, “The House notes the recurring incidents of leakage of classified security documents to the public through various social media platforms, online print media and other sources, which are jeopardising the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the country.

“The House is concerned that the leakage of classified security documents and other acts of sabotage is causing failure of intelligence gathering, misunderstanding and lack of cohesion among operatives involved in different operations against insurgency and other acts of terrorism in Nigeria.

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 “The House is worried that if such acts of sabotage are left unchecked, they may pose great risks to the lives of security personnel and ultimately imperil the country.”

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