Cattle rustling: Reps charges govt on insecurity in Zamfara

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has charged the Federal Government to arrest the security challenges bedeviling the nation, especially the recent surge in attacks on villages in the Shinkafi Local government of Zamfara state.

The House also directed the Committees on Public Safety, and National Security, Defence and Police Affairs to carry out a thorough investigation into the causes of the recent attacks leading to loss of lives and properties in Tungur Mai Kanu and Mallamawa villages in Zamfara State.

The resolutions followed a motion of urgent national importance moved by Abubakar Moriki (APC, Zamfara) on Tuesday.

While raising the motion, Moriki stated that some armed gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers invaded two villages, namely; Mallamawa and Tungar mai Kahun in Shinkafi local government of Zamfara State between 16:00-18:00 on Friday 17th November, 2017.

He also informed the House of massive damages, loses and other casualties involving death of about twenty five persons, several others hospitalized after the attack.

He stated further that the security agencies resident in the state are overwhelmed, and unable to handle the attacks which he said has resulted in panic, fear and general sense of insecurity on the part of the citizens.

He, however called on the federal government to rise up to it fundamental role of protection of lives and properties.

Supporting the motion, Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu) noted that the issue of insecurity is not only limited to Zamfara state alone but that there has been surge in the attacks against civilians by boko haram.

Okechukwu therefore called on the government to help restore peace to the country, adding that to have economic development, security must be guaranteed.

Also speaking on the motion, Nnenna Elendu (PDP, Abia) argued that the policy framework of the fight against terrorism should be reviewed, in light of recent realities, noting that fight against terrorists is a global issue.

She noted that the recent gains in the fight again terrorists in the Middle East could mean terrorist would be moving around, seeking safe havens.

She however commended the Nigerian Military for the effort against Boko Haram, and called for the better equipping of the Army to efficiently fight against the group as she noted that the Nigerian Army is the most over stretched army in the world.

The Presiding officer, Lasun Yusuf put the motion to vote and the “ayes” had it.

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