Security agents aiding bandits, allege Reps, demand NSA, minister’s sacking

The House of Representatives has condemned the rising insecurity in the country, especially the recent killings in Benue, Taraba and Plateau states.

The lawmakers, who stated this at the plenary on Wednesday, demanded the removal of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.) and the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.).

The legislators also alleged that security agents were aiding bandits and other criminals, adding that huge security funds were not being justified.

They also alleged that the security chiefs were benefitting from insecurity in the country because of the huge funds being allocated to the defence sector.

On Sunday, no fewer than 70 people were killed when gunmen attacked Kanam and Wase communities in Plateau State.

On Monday, 25 people were killed in Guma and Tiortyu local government areas of Benue State.

Disturbed by the killings, the Chairman of the House Committee on Navy, Yusuf Gagdi, moved a motion of urgent public importance titled ‘Terrorist Attacks on Kanam and Wase Communities of Plateau State,’ while Messrs Bem Mzondu and John Dyegh moved a separate motion of urgent public importance on killings in Benue State.

Gagdi noted that the first responsibility of any government was the security of lives and the welfare of the people.

He stated, “Nigerians are being killed on a daily basis. We have a President. We have governors. We have the National Assembly, we have Senators and Representatives put together. Who is responsible for the safety and security of lives and property of the people of this country? Of course, without any fear of political misrepresentation, it is Mr President.

“Is our President aware of what is happening to the people of this country? Is he holding the strategic operational commanders responsible for the failure in the protection of lives and property of the people of this country?

Gagdi further lamented that the National Assembly had kept appropriating more funds for the security forces, while nobody was held accountable for the growing insecurity in the nation.

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