By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The invite by the Niger State House of Assembly to heads of security agencies in the state to appear before the Legislature on Thursday was done but held in camera.
The meeting held behind closed doors, lasted for over two hours as the lawmakers grilled security chiefs over crime wave particularly daring armed robbery incidences within the state capital in broad day light in recent times.
In the last three months, some unidentified gun wielding men have trailed and accosted some government officials from money deposit banks where they had gone to make huge cash withdrawals and snatched their bags at gun points on major roads and disappeared with their loots unhindered.
The most daring was the robbery attack at the gate of the office complex of the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) which a street apart from the Government House, where about three armed men accosted a man on errand with about three million naira and forced him to surrender the bag containing the money.
The House of Assembly had acting on a motion of public importance at plenary last Tuesday resolved to summon the heads of security agencies in the state to appear before the Legislature.
The interface with the security agencies was however held in camera.
Feelers from the meeting confirmed that the meeting thrashed issues bothering on crime rise such as rape cases, armed robbery incidences within Minna, armed banditry, and killings in parts of the state capital in recent times.
Deputy Speaker of Assembly and member representing Bida (1) constituency, Bako Kasim Alfa who is also Chairman of the House Committee on Security, told newsmen after the meeting held with the heads of security agencies that the meeting discussed on far reaching measures.
The Deputy Speaker expressed optimism that the security agencies in the state would up their games on tackling security challenges in the state particularly on issues raises at the meeting.
He said the meeting was a huge success even as he noted that the state would witness an improvement in policing and onslaughts against criminalities.
Mover of the motion at last Tuesday’s plenary which resulted in the invite to the heads of security agencies in the state and member representing Bosso constituency, Malik Madaki Bosso said at the sidelines of the meeting that the meeting discussed on ways to improve on the security situation in the state.
He said the legislature was assured of commitment of the security agencies to leave no stone unturned to ensure safety of lives and property of innocent citizens.
In his comments on the meeting, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adamu Usman said the meeting was on security matters adding that the legislators had promised to assist the security agencies in the state to do their level best in guaranteeing security to citizens across the state.