OrderPaperToday– The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the report of the Ad hoc Committee on Security will likely be ready for consideration next week.
Recall that the committee was constituted after a 4-hour debate on insecurity by the Red Chamber on January 29.
His disclosure followed a point of order moved by Senator Aisha Dahiru (APC, Adamawa Central) on an attack by Boko Haram in her senatorial district.
Dahiru said, “On the 21st February, 2020, an insurgent group attacked the good people of Garkida, a peaceful town in Gombi LGA of Adamawa Central Senatorial District. The insurgents in over seven gun trucks and many motorcycles attacked the town at about 7 pm, setting many buildings ablaze.
“Three soldiers were killed in the dastardly attack. Property worth millions of Naira were burnt or destroyed including: public hospital, schools, telecommunication facilities, police station, buses, cars, food stores, private property belonging to the good people of Garkida.
“The Garkida crises which has led to the destruction of lives and property was planned by the insurgents to have a religious connotation considering that churches and residences of some prominent indigenes were burnt, an act aimed at destroying the foundation of peaceful co-existence among Garkida community and Adamawa State as a whole.
“As a result of this, the urgent need to take more drastic actions in the face of such affront on the national security architecture, the region and indeed the entire nation is long overdue.”
The. Senate subsequently resolved to “urge the Chief of Army Staff to re-establish a military command base in Garkida and all major settlements bordering the Sambisa forest immediately.
“Call on the North East Development Commission to immediately embark on rehabilitation of public and religious institutions destroyed and provide assistance to other individuals affected.
“Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently assess the extent of damage and provide relief materials immediately to the Garkida community affected.”
In his remarks, Lawan said, “The Senate has discussed and debated much about insecurity in the country and we set up an ad hoc Committee under the Senate leader.
“The committee is working very hard. We are trying to look for solutions to the insecurity bedeviling the country. We are not going to rest on our oars until we are able to provide solutions to the insecurity in the country. This is the essence of our being in government and of course, it would require that we work with the House of Representatives and the executive, as well as citizens.
“I believe that citizens need to be taken into confidence in the fight against insecurity. We will not waste any time. As soon as the report is ready, I believe by next week, probably, the report would be ready, we are going to look at the report of the adhoc committee and take those very valuable resolutions and of course, engage the executive of government. But I believe we are on the same page with the executive arm of government.
“Everybody is worried and we are going to do what ever it takes and like I normally say, if we have to invest so much money, so be it because there is nothing more important than life. Life is more important than anything. So we need to protect the lives of the people that sent us here and that made us to be in government.”