Nigeria: Reps Set Up Committee To Probe Causes Of Insecurity, Bombings

(NAN) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday constituted an ad hoc committee to find out the remote causes of insecurity and spate of bombings in Nigeria.

This resolution followed a motion by Rep. Benjamin Aboho (ACN-Benue), which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.

Aboho, who led the debate, said that the security challenge was due to the ineffectiveness of the police and the heavy dependence on the military for internal security.

“Over dependence on the military in combating civil unrest in the past led to heavy casualties as we saw in Odi and Zaki Biam,’’ he said.

He also attributed the challenges to ineffectiveness of intelligence gathering and analysis by security agencies.

The legislator said that the challenge had exposed the weakness of the security agencies.

He observed that in spite of money allocated to the security agencies, the country still face unabated internal security problems.

Aboho also cited poor strategy in the management of the situation as part of the problems, noting: “instead of strategising more on covert methods of operations, our security agencies continue to mount road blocks on our highways.’’

He called for the establishment of a special force to handle internal terrorism, civil disturbances, kidnappings and militancy.

Aboho urged the executive to establish a border patrol agency to check the influx of weapons as well as overhaul of the existing security agencies in line with the new challenges.

Meanwhile, the house has summoned the National Boundary Commission (NBC) and the Inter-State Technical Committee to appear before it.

They are to appear before the Committees on National Planning and States and Local Government to explain why they failed to implement resolutions of the house.

It also urged NBC to liaise with the governors of Osun and Ondo States to find lasting solution to the lingering boundary problem between the states.

The resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Rep. Ajibola Famurewa (ACN-Osun), which was unanimously adopted by the house.

In his leading debate, Famurewa noted that since 2005 when NBC came out with its resolutions in respect of the disputed boundary, no step had been taken by the parties to implement the resolutions.

He said that if steps were not taken by the Federal Government, the security situation in the area would worsen.

“The NBC, through its Inter-State Technical Committee should be mandated to quickly intervene.’’

Famurewa said that several efforts had been made in the past by affected communities and individuals to resolve that disputes.

-NAN

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