Reps task security agencies on highway attacks



The House of Representatives has urged Service Chiefs to work towards ending attacks and kidnapping highways by suspended in the country.


The resolution was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Abubakar Nalaraba (APC-Nasarawa) plenary Wednesday.


Moving the motion, Nalaraba said that there was need to curtail the upsurge in attacks highways in the country, particularly the Kaduna-Abuja highway.


He said that Nov. 21, about 2 p.m. there was an attack the highway and many travelers were believed to been kidnapped, adding that a former governorship aspirant also lost his life in the process.


“These bandits continued to block to enable them carry out their attacks and these attacks caused a lot of panic in the hearts of Nigerians plying the highway.


“That resolved to urge the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff and heads of other security agencies to stop this daily attacks by our highways,’’ he said.


Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) said that lots of money was appropriated for defence and security in 2020 budget, with little or no result.


Ossai recommended that the House Committees Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Defence and other security agencies be briefing the house monthly basis security issues.


The house resolved that the joint committee security should brief the principal officers monthly and the general house quarterly the security situation in the country and progress made so far in curbing the menace.


In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Wase mandated all relevant committees to ensure compliance. (NAN)