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Following the incessant banditry attacks and insecurity in Niger State, the Senate has called for more military presence in the state.

The Senate on Tuesday also raised an alarm of an impending food crisis if the current alarming insecurity situation was not immediately checked.

The Red Chamber stated this while deliberating on a motion by the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sani Musa.

The motion was titled, “Urgent Need For Federal Government To Deploy Troops And Other Security Apparatus To Immediately Bring An End To The Menace Of Insurgency And Terrorism In Niger State And Other Parts Of Nigeria”

The senators in their various contributions unanimously noted that the development could negatively affect the food sufficiency and economic diversification policy of the Federal Government.

Moving his motion, Senator Sani Musa said, “For seven years now Niger East Senatorial District of Niger State have come under constant and sustained multiple deadly attacks by heartless, venomous and hydra-headed Boko Haram terrorists who are always heavily armed with assorted sophisticated and dangerous weapons unleashing their horror on our innocent populace.

Senator Musa said, “The negative effects of atrocities committed by these heartless monsters in the period under review include among others, total collapse of the local economics of the affected victims, total collapse of the educational system in the affected areas, famine due to the collapse of agricultural activities, displacement as abuse and deadly subjugation.

The Senate, therefore, urged the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to immediately deploy troops to defend the unarmed populace and bring back security to the affected communities.

The lawmakers that the only antidote to restoring confidence in the security and safety of the affected communities.

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The federal lawmakers said the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police should as a matter of urgency ensure a full military presence in Shiroro and Rafi local government areas respectively.

They also charged the military and security agencies to redesign the modus of operandi of their operations within the affected areas so as to curtail the escalating insecurity.

The Senate further directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the National Emergency Management Agency to as a matter of national emergency provide relief materials and a medical support team to the victims immediately.

The lawmakers lamented that the development was worsening despite the fact that the Senate, despite passing several resolutions, set up an ad-hoc committee on Security, held National Security summits, and declared every support at bringing an end to the persistent insecurity in our nation and appropriated monies and also advances numerous steps to support our nation’s security agencies.

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