OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday heard accounts of how criminal elements and bandits take over some communities in northern Nigeria and wield judicial powers among the populace.
Moved by this and calls on the federal government to intervene in the incidence of incessant banditry in the country, the senate urged the executive arm to implement the report of its adhoc committee on Nigeria’s security challenges.
The senators hold the position that implementation of the report will restructure and review and organise the country’s current security architecture.
The report was adopted by the red chamber on the 2nd of May, 2020.
The senate’s call followed motions moved by Senators Sani Musa (APC, Niger) and Senator Mandiya Bello (APC, Katsina) on recent increased armed banditry activities in their respective states.
Contributing to the motions, Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna) alleged that insecurity is fuelled as a result of lack of coordination between the state governors and the federal security agencies.
He said: “Insecurity has been an issue for state Governors of Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger. They have been on this issue for the past three years. The problem is lack of coordination between the state governors and the federal security agencies.
“There is need for the federal government to join forces with the state in intelligence gathering for us to end insecurity.”
Senator Saidu Ahmed Alkali (APC, Gombe) in his submission revealed that the armed bandits are now in charge of judicial powers in some communities.
He said: “When you look at the toll of the people who are being killed in these two motions, this is even more dangerous and deadly than COVID-19. This thing is worrisome.
“At a time, Senator Gobir confided in me that these bandits have taken the judicial powers in some parts of his constituencies. Even civil matters, matters related to land disputes or marriages are being reported to the leader of these bandits to adjudicate.”
Consequently, the red chamber asked the Federal Government to direct the police and army to beef up personnel and equipment deployment to flash points of armed banditry in Katsina state.
It also called on the Chief of Army staff to create permanent military base at the boundary between Alawa and Uregi areas of Shiroro and Rafi local governments of Niger states.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was also urged to send relief items to the affected communities.