Reps convene emergency session over insurgency

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday in Abuja went into an emergency  executive session over the current terrorist activities in the North-East part of the country.

The emergency session was quickly convened following Rep. Emmanuel Jime’s (APC-Benue) allegation of conspiracy and sabotage by security personnel in the fight against terrorism.

In the session that lasted for about one hour, the house resolved that its Defence Committee would liaise with its counterpart in the Senate to find a lasting solution to the lingering insecurity in the region.

The house also resolved that an ad-hoc committee be set up to raise support for affected states as well as review laws which might inhibit foreign military support in combating insurgency.

 Earlier before the closed-door session, Jime said the security situation was capable of consuming the country if stronger efforts were not taken to bring the insurgents under control.

The lawmaker expressed concern over the manner the insurgents were taking over some communities in the region.

“Though I am aware that the military is working under a harsh condition, my concern is the manner the insurgents were capturing towns and communities in the North-East. ’’

Rep. Tahir Monguno (APC-Borno), who moved a motion on urgent national importance to address the challenges of insecurity in the country, said that lives and property of citizens were endengered.

Monguno said that the situation had degenerated into a level where lives and property of the citizens were seriously endangered.

He expressed concern that social and economic activities in the region were under threat.

he said it was time that the military went on offensive in their attack. 

Rep. Hadijat Ibrahim (APC-Yobe) said the situation was sad and unfortunate.

Ibrahim urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts towards addressing the challenge.

She said that the people in the North East were living in fear, adding that they needed help.

Ibrahim also urged every Nigerian to unite in the fight against terrorism. (NAN)

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