The House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at its plenary session resolved to invite the Inspector General of Police, Director of Department of State Security and all the Service Chiefs to appear before an ad hoc Committee to be constituted over the spate of insecurity occasioned by banditry, killings and kidnapping in Zamfara State and indeed in the whole region of the country. The resolution came following a motion which fell under the purview of matter of urgent public importance, Hon. Hassan Bello. He prayed the House to pay attention to hardship and untold fear and insecurity experienced by his constituents due mainly to the nefarious activities of bandits, which according to him has continued unabated.
He lamented that the activities of these armed bandits have left many Displaced and traumatized, adding that till date, no Internally Displaced Persons’ camp has been established in the State despite the heightened insecurity in the area. Also, the lawmaker blamed the ordeal of the people on the Federal Government for leaving the nation’s borders porous and unmanned thereby encouraging all sort of criminals to gain access and unleash mayhem on citizens. Hon. Bello added that what is more worrisome is the kind of sophisticated weapons with which these bandits carry out their heinous activities.
Other lawmakers contributed to the debate, urging the ad hoc Committee, when constituted to investigate the real identity of the bandits, where they come from and how they operate. They suggested a joint task force comprising the security operatives and local vigilantes in the target areas to decisively deal with this sort of insecurity. Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha among many who spoke sued for review of the nation’s value system, which she said has been grossly eroded, hence the quest to acquire wealth via illegitimate means has become the order of the day. Others reminded the Chamber that the onus is on the legislature to make laws for peace, order and good governance, while the government also owes its citizens the duty to guarantee their safety and welfare.
Before adjourning sitting till Thursday July 4, 2019, the House passed 17 Bills for first reading. The Clerk had the leave of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to read the short titles of the Bills.