OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has advised that personnel of security agencies in the country be to stopped from using the Abuja- Kaduna train service.
Lawan based his advice on the increased killings in the highway linking the two areas.
He made his stance known while speaking on a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi) on Wednesday on the incessant kidnappings and killings along the Abuja-Kaduna high way.
While presenting his motion, Mr. Melaye stated that in September over 29 persons were kidnapped and 8 persons were killed along the highway.
He reinforced the government’s responsibility in section 14 (2b) of the 1999 constitution to provide security and welfare for the citizens.
He urged the government to deploy citizen diplomacy while calling on security agencies to protect lives and properties.
In his remarks, Lawan affirmed the need “to do something different” and “radical”.
He informed that that the security agencies will be assisted with more funds which will be monitored.
On more definitive measures, he said: “We will also insist that uniform people must not join the train because they are the ones supposed to protect us on the highways. The military, police and all these paramilitary agencies should allow ordinary people to use the train. Let them ply the roads because they will clear the road for other road users to go on the road.”
He said the chamber will begin implementation of the report on the ad-hoc committee on security infrastructure presented in the 8th assembly.
“We could go by way of public hearing to review security infrastructure. The way they are, we are not getting the best out of them. The committee of communications should meet with the Ministry of Communications to know more about the lines they are blocking.” he added.
The President of the red chamber tasked security agencies to go technological while trying to apprehend the culprits.
At the end of debates, the senate resolved to create anti-kidnapping legislations in a bid to curb the menace.
The lawmakers also urged the Inspector General of Police to intensify efforts in protecting lives and properties and other security agencies to use surveillance equipment along major highways.
Immigration and other relevant agencies were also asked to monitor borders to stop illegal immigrants.