OrderPaperToday -The House of Representatives on Wednesday urged the federal government to, as a matter urgency, declare state of emergency on security with the aim of mitigating rising insecurity across the country.
It further directed the military to end the practice of keeping commuters overnight on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road even after 6:00pm and to establish super camps in Auno.
These resolutions were sequel to the adoption of the resolutions of a motion of urgent national importance moved by Mr. Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno) entitled the “Recent Attack by the Boko Haram Insurgents at Auno Village, Borno State.”
Presenting the motion, the lawmaker said that Auno Village is situated on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road, Bomo State.
Monguno, who is the chief whip of the House, noted that because of the security challenges in the North-East Zone of the country, commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road are compelled to suspend their journeys once it is 6 pm.
He further explained that Auno Village is one of the spots where men of the Nigeria Army instruct the commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road to spend the night before proceeding on their journeys the next morning.
“On Sunday 9 February, 2020, while commuters in their hundreds were waiting in Auno Village, the military men left them to their fate or at best, abandoned them,” the lawmaker said.
Mungonu continued, “While the commuters were waiting to spend the night, Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped and burnt some of their vehicles. The occupants of two Hummer buses and one Sharon bus were Kidnapped, 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed, including an infant.
“No super military camp exists on the Damanturu-Maiduguri road, thus exposing the commuters to danger of being killed, maimed or kidnapped.
“Keeping commuters in waiting in the night is dangerous in view of this security challenges in the North-East Zone on Nigeria.”
Contributing to the motion, the minority leader of House, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta) insisted that the security chiefs should be sacked for lack of competence in combating incessant killings of innocent Nigerians across the country.
Elumelu argued, “I still stand by that call that the service chiefs have overstayed their leave. Our brothers and sisters who voted us in must be protected. Mr. Speaker, if care is not taken, one day our brothers will match in here and ask us to leave due to what is currently going on in the country.”
The Delta lawmaker reiterated the earlier resolution by the House seeking for the replacement of service chiefs due to wanton killings across the country.
“We cannot be repeating one thing every time. I still stand by the earlier resolution of the House that the service chiefs have overstayed their leave and they must go.”
Another member from Borno State, Mr. Ahmed Jaha, representing Chibok/Gwoza/Damboa constituency, while contributing to the debate said, “This attack was preventable, avoidable. The most painful thing is for you to stay in your comfort zone while your constituents are dying like animals. It a deliberate attempt by Nigeria Army to shield themselves. You don’t sit down in a town waiting for Boko Haram to attack before you can repel them”.
The motion was adopted when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put the question and the Committees on Defence and Army were mandated to investigate and ascertain if the military personnel have left checking points before the incident.