Senate on Tuesday, April 27; resolved to meet with the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Attairu Ibrahim as well as mandating its Committees on Foreign Affairs and National Security to meet with the Minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; alongside the Director-General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar over the security situation in Niger State.
The decision followed a motion moved by Sen Sani Musa of Niger State over the activities of insurgents in the state.
In his debate, Sen Musa informed the lawmakers; that insurgents have taken over 42 communities in two local governments in the state.
He also disclosed that Boko Haram operatives have killed several security personnel; and caused the internal displacement of people in the affected communities.
“About 42 communities across the two local government areas of Shiroro and Munya Local Government have so far fallen under the Boko Haram control; with about 5,000 villagers already displaced in the last three days.
“They have kidnapped many and their wives seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram members. Three military camps in Allawa, Bassa, and Zagzaga in the two local government areas have been sacked; and some security personnel killed by the insurgents in the last one month of renewed attacks,” he said.
In his contribution, Opeyemi Bamidele argued that the leadership of the Senate should meet with President Muhamadu Buhari; as he said that he is not sure that the President is aware of everything that’s happening.”
“we need to be able to tell our constituents that we met with the commander-in-chief and this is what is being done.”
They resolved that the military and the Nigeria Police Force should deploy personnel to the affected state.