Reps Task FG To Deploy Drones, Helicopters Against Niger Bandits

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By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja


The worsening insecurity in Niger State today attracted national attention with the House of Representatives urging the Government to secure immediate release of the 136 students abducted from Tegina, Niger State and put in place effective strategies and counter measures to arrest the worsening insecurity in the state and country.  
The Green Chamber, in a resolution adopted after a debate on a motion that was brought under matter of urgent national importance by the Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Niger State, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi (SMA) on behalf of all the Members of the House of Representatives from Niger State, urged the National Security Adviser, Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police and other Security Agencies to re-jig the security architecture in Niger State and put in place effective strategies and counter measures to tackling the worsening insecurity across the state. 
It also urged the security agencies to deploy drones and helicopters in the insecurity prone areas to identify illegal camps of bandits; and to develop a mechanism that will ensure effective collaboration and mutual synergy among themselves especially at ensuring that the Department of State Security Service (DSS) provides actionable and timely intelligence to the sister agencies in the fight against banditry, insurgency and terrorism. 
Hon. Saidu Musa speaking for the other Lawmakers from Niger State in the House of Representatives noted that Niger State has been making critical headlines in the news due to the worsening activities of bandits, kidnappers and bokoharam elements in the past few months.  
He lamented that “only for these few days, a Prince from Kontagora and others were killed; serial abductions of innocent people from Suleja Local Government were reported; and bandits were seen operating along Zungeru, Tegina and Kontagora axis of Niger State for days and nights without resistance.
“No fewer than fifty (50) communities across Munya and Shiroro Local Government Areas of Niger State were sacked and over 3,000 people were displaced from their ancestral homes to seek refuge in IDP’s Camps and to worsen the situation, the Military Bases in Allawa, Bassa and Zagzaga in the two Local Government Areas were overran by the insurgents in their renewed attacks recently; 
The Lawmakers were disturbed that “the operations of the Nigerian Military, NPF, DSSS and NSCDC in the affected LGAs and generally in the States in tackling different kinds of internal security threats, have not yielded the desired result as the bandits strike mostly in the day time and operate without any challenge from the security agents now”.  
The Niger Caucus in the House of Representatives are Hon. Abdullahi Idris Garba, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago, Hon. Abubakar Lado Suleja, Hon. Mamudu Abdullahi and Hon. Jafaru Moh’d. Others include Hon. Barwa Shehu Beji, Hon. Usman Abdullahi,Hon. Saidu Umar Doka, Hon. Shehu Saleh and Hon. Saidu Musa Abdul who presented the motion. 

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