A resolution was passed on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the House of Representatives calling on the Federal Government to devise security measures that would guarantee the security of lives of travellers plying the Benin-Okada road in Edo State, as well as other federal roads that have now become soft spots for criminals. The resolution was passed at the instance of a motion moved by one of the lawmakers, Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who informed the Chamber that the road in question links the northern and southern parts of Nigeria, hence condones heavy vehicular movements on a daily basis.
He lamented that the same road could now be described as a den of bandits and kidnappers.He further informed that several unsuspecting travellers have fallen victims of the operations of these criminal elements for a long time now and of which a recent case was that of a Warrant Officer, Felix Akanbi of the Nigerian Navy, who was shot during a kidnapping incident. He warned that these trend is fast assuming a major trademark of all the Highways across the country, and should be checked urgently.
The lawmaker in his prayers urged the House through legislative resolution to compel the Inspector-General of Police to immediately increase police presence on the Highways, particularly on the major roads that are now soft spots for banditry, in order to prevent or reduce incidents of kidnapping and robberies on the Highways. The Committee on Police Affairs when constituted have been charged to ensure compliance of the resolution passed by the House.
Also, during Wednesday's plenary session, owning to the reports of worsening plights of the Internally Displaced Persons and Returnees in Bama/ Nagala/Kala Balge areas of Borno State, the House has resolved to constitute an ad hoc Committee to visit the area and Interface with relevant agencies with view to proffer sustainable solutions to the humanitarian crisis and infrastructural deficit. This decision was taken as a response to a motion moved by Hon. Zainab Gimba.