OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives has directed the federal government to deploy more troops to the Zurmi/Shinkafi federal constituency of Zamfara state, in order to tackle the incessant banditry, killings, kidnapping for ransom and armed robbery ravaging the state.
The directive followed a motion sponsored by Mr. Abubakar Moriki (APC, Zamfara) during plenary on Tuesday.
Moriki, in his motion, expressed worry that cases of the aforementioned ill vices have been on a steady rise in Zamfara with no signs of stopping.
The lawmaker explained further that no fewer than thirty persons were kidnapped in the last month alone, including two minors.
According to him, the federal government took wide-sweeping decisions by deploying Special Forces through a Presidential intervention, leading to a tremendous decrease in cases of village/town banditry attacks. Unfortunately, this tempo was not sustained.
Resultantly, these bandits re-grouped and are now in various locations embarking on kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, and carrying deadly attacks on villages and towns with no end in sight.
Contributing to the debate, Mr. Yakubu Bade (PDP, Kaduna) reiterated the need for the procurement of drones to enable proper surveillance in affected areas. He advised that the issue be taken seriously to avoid it spreading across the entire nation.
Other contributors argued that solutions to the issue go beyond approving the budget to procure the surveillance equipment. They noted that lasting solutions will also include the evaluation of trained security personnel to use these equpiment effectively.
To this end, the House directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected communities in Zamfara state, in order to help them.
The motion was therefore referred to the House Committee on Defence for further legislative action.