The House of Representatives, on resumption from the 10 weeks annual recess, on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to give effect to subsisting House resolutions bothering on the removal of the Service Chiefs and appoint new ones in view of the rising cases of insecurity in the country.
The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion co-sponsored by Hon. Shehu Barwa Beji and Hon. Saidu Umar Doka, just as the lawmakers frowned at the rate of killings of innocent Nigerians across the nation.
In his lead debate, Hon. Beji who expressed grave concern over increasing attacks in the area which led to the loss of lives and properties on a daily basis underscored the need for urgent reforms of the operational structure of the Nigerian Military in the area.
The House also called for the establishment of a permanent military base in Shiroro/Rafi/Munya Federal Constituency of Niger State to curb the rising cases of banditry, killing and kidnapping in the area.
The lawmakers maintained that “the unjustifiable retention of the service Chiefs may be the cause of the lingering problem as their defensive strategies seem to be obsolete and must have outgrown further learning.”
He said: “barely a few days ago, the nation lost one of her Military Commanders and three other officers of the Nigerian Army at the battlefield,” adding that Soldiers of the Nigerian Army were not happy that while the military honoured the officer killed, their colleagues who suffered the same fate were left out.
He added that such utter disregard and disrespectful gesture meted out on bereaved families of junior fallen heroes is demoralizing the gallantry spirit of our soldiers at battlefields.
The lawmaker said despite efforts to curb banditry activities in Niger State, the situation had continued to escalate to the extent that our farmers have completely abandoned their farm which is the mainstay of their economy.
He maintained that: “even the Federal Capital Territory where National and International Businesses are being conducted is no longer safe as there have been reported cases of kidnappings/banditry within the
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According to him, the rate of killings across the nation is now spilling into the Federal Capital Territory leading to global
embarrassment depicting how less prepared again in terms of security.
He said that in view of the recurrent attacks, there have been general outcries for the establishment of Military Bases in the affected axis, while the President only ordered for deployment of military men to cover those communities which have not changed anything.
He argued that the approach to the situation at hand is no longer effective as the attacks is now more persistent than ever, adding that with the dwindling oil prices as well as the closure of the borders, the agrarian economy ought to be the nation’s major fall back yet, our villages are no longer safe for farming.
He said the deficit in farming activities resulting from incessant attacks in those areas will further aggravate poverty and hunger in the country, thereby breeding more crime within the clans.
Hon. Beji said that from the sophistication of the banditry attacks, anything short of establishing military bases in the affected areas is a futile exercise because, when soldiers are around, the bandits go into hiding but the moment soldiers leave, they launch attacks again, hence the need for permanent military structures in the vulnerable areas.
To this end, the House urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently send relief materials to the victims of the banditry attacks in the area.
SOURCE: NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
BREAKING: Tension in Imo as gunmen engage police in shootout
There is palpable fear in Imo State on Tuesday as gunmen engaged police in a gun duel as they attempted to burn Orji Divisional Police Headquarters situated on Owerri-Okigwe Road in Owerri under reconstruction.
Security operatives made up of soldiers, policemen and Air Force engaged the hoodlums in shootout which resulted to casualties on the side of the hoodlums
The situation caused panic in the area that forced two banks in the area to hurriedly close.
Customers and passersby took to their heels as vehicles diverted while motorists scampered for safety after running out of their vehicles. The situation caused serious gridlock around the city
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the gunmen, numbering over 20 attacked the police station after blocking the expressway with their vehicles.
Reacting, the police spokesman, SP Bala Elkanah said the police were able to repel the hoodlums before they could destroy the police station.
Some hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of Orji Divisional Headquarters which was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in 2020. A philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.
The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishment of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environs, decided to invade the construction site.
Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring townships area but abandoned their operational vehicles. The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc personally led an enforcement team to the scene.
The whole area was cordoned and five suspects, namely Chigaemezu Sabastine ‘m’ 26 years old, Casmir Ibe ‘m’ 36years old, John Chinonso ‘m’ 24years old, Chukwudi Okoro ‘m’ 28years and Alozie Daberechi ‘m’ 25years old were arrested. No life was lost. Three vehicles were recovered.
He said, mop up operation is ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.
It was not ascertained whether there was any casualty on the said of the security agents, but the police Spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, said that ” we are repelling them. The war is ongoing. There is heavy security operatives detachment deployed to the scene. We have taken the way to them. We are wining. There is high number of casualties on the side of the hoodlums.”
It would be recalled that the same police Divisional headquarters was in 2020 burnt during the nationwide #ENDSARS protest.
Primate Ayodele exposes three PDP govs allegedly planning to decamp to APC
The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has revealed three state governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, planning to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Primate Ayodele revealed that the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle, Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and their Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu are planning to defect from PDP to APC.
In a statement on Tuesday, the clergyman noted that Matawalle has made up his mind already, while Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu are still contemplating defecting from PDP to APC.
He warned that if the PDP’s reconciliation committee fails to work things out, they will eventually decamp to the APC.
‘’The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle has made up his mind to leave the PDP. He is 99 percent out, If the party does not manage its situation well, the Governor of Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu will follow suit.
“They are currently contemplating and planning a strategy to leave the party, they are 40% out.’’
This is coming after the popular prophet made a prophecy days back that he foresees that PDP will lose more governors soon after the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade decamped last week.
Primate Ayodele made it known that six top members that include governors, senators and honourable will leave the party if the party leaders do not work things out.
BREAKING: Suspected Suicide Bomber Blows Self Up In Ebonyi
A yet-to-be identified middle-aged man suspected to be a suicide bomber blew up himself in Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi State.
The incident happened at about 11.30am on Tuesday opposite the campus 2 of Amaizu/Amangbala primary school in Afikpo LGA of the state.
A resident of the area, who spoke to LEADERSHIP on condition of anonymity, said that on hearing the sound of the explosion, residents of the area scampered for safety.
He said that the yet-to-be identified man was carrying explosive, which exploded on his body killing him instantly.
He noted that after few minutes, the residents reconvened at the scene of the incident only to discover the suspected suicide bomber laying dead in the pool of his own blood.
The resident, who pointed out that the incident happened close to the Eke Market in Afikpo, which happens to be the biggest market in the area, said that there was tension and panic in the community following the incident.
According to the source, the suspected bomber was earlier seen wandering within the area, adding that “He first came into a beer parlour and when the people inquired who he was, he left.”
He was said to have moved to the school side and when the gateman asked him to go back, he made effort to remove his clothes when the explosive went off.
Efforts to get the reactions of the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loverth Odah and the State Commissioner for Internal Security, Boarder Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Chief Stanley Emegha, proved abortive as several calls put across to them were not answered.