By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Following serial wanton killings, destruction of homesteads and kidnapping by bandits across eight council areas of Niger State, lawmakers in the state have mandated the state governor to quickly declare a state of emergency on security and explore wider synergies with federal government to checkmate armed banditry and other organized crimes in the state.
The Assembly mandated the state governor to explore all avenues with the federal security agencies to tackle the spiral security challenges posed by armed bandits which have spread to about nine local government areas of the state.
Deliberating on the matter at plenary brought under matters of urgent public importance, the mover of the motion and member representing Bosso state constituency, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso drew the attention of his colleagues at the Assembly to the spate of banditry in the eight council areas of Shiroro, Munya, Rafi, Paikoro, Magama, Borgu, Mariga and parts of Kontagora council areas of the state.
He lamented that the state was gradually being emasculated by criminal armed bandits whose increasing blood chilling activities are displacing several hundreds of rural dwellers across communities.
No fewer than eight of the fifteen wards of Shiroro council area of the state have been ran over by armed bandits in the last four years. The bandits have taken over bushland and the forest at Allawa and the Kamuku Game Reserves which traverses into neighbouring Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state.
In the last two weeks, armed bandits on motorcycles have sacked several communities in Shiroro and killed scores of innocent defenceless villagers while flock of herds were rustled by the ravaging armed bandits who often raised homes and food barns on the heels of their attacks on communities.
In Shiroro council area alone, there are six Internally Displaced Persons camps, (IDPs) where thousands of sacked rural dwellers are being quartered.
Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse while adopting the motion, directed the House Committee on Security to liaise with relevant Committees of the Assembly to brood together with security agencies on the state to find the way out of the present worrisome security threats in the state.
The House urged the state governor to quickly hold a security round table with traditional rulers, local government executives, heads of security agencies in the state to find solutions to the trending security challenges in the state.
The House called for the prompt amendment of the state laws on kidnapping to have the portions on the aspects dealing with informants and collaborators well rejigged as accessories to the crime.
The House unanimously resolved to send it’s stance to the state governor as the Speaker mandated the Clark the to send the communication to governor Abubakar Sani Bello on the House resolution.