The Senate shivered on Tuesday as Senator Ibrahim Gobir gave an accursing report that individuals of his voting demographic were currently helpless before the Nigerien warriors for assurance against outfitted outlaws.
The administrator speaking to Sokoto East Senatorial District said Nigerian Army and other security agents have totally deserted them, a circumstance that has constrained more than 5,000 individuals to migrate to Niger Republic.
Responding, the Senate encouraged President Muhamnadu Buhari to coordinate the military for sure fire development of their activities against banditry from Katsina and Zamfara to Sokoto and Niger States.
Gobir uncovered this while backing and adding to a movement on “pressing military activity against banditry in Niger State”, demanding the Sokoto occurrences are more regrettable than some other pieces of the nation .
As indicated by him, inside the most recent three months, at the very least 300 individuals in Sokoto East Senatorial District, have either been killed or captured by the rampaging furnished desperados on day by day a premise.
“The situation in Sokoto East as far as armed banditry is concerned, is pathetic and tragic because it is only Nigerien Army that had been coming to their rescue while the Nigerian Army looks the other way.
“In fact, based on very reliable and verifiable information from the area, many at times, that the people of the affected areas called on Nigerian Army for help and protection against the bandits, no response.
“But graciously, the Nigerien Army has been assisting in wading off the bandits, the very reason why not less than 5,000 people in the affected areas have migrated to Niger Republic for safety,” he said.
He lamented further that aside the 300 people who had fallen victim of banditry attacks in the area through kidnapping or outright killing, hundreds of cows and other animals have been rusted by the bandits the worth of which is about N2.5billion.
“Fallout of this is grinding poverty ravaging the affected people in form of serious hunger since their cows and other animals are on daily basis being stolen.
“The situation is so bad that we only get help from Niger Republic and not from Nigeria at all, be it from the Military or the Police .
“The affected people cannot be perpetually be at the mercy of Nigerien Soldiers and still expected to proudly see themselves as Nigerians .
“Very urgent drastic action is required from President Buhari through the military in form of expansion of anti-banditry operation currently being carried out in Zamfara and Katsina State to Sokoto State,” he said.
Senator Sabi Abdullahi had in the motion anchored on orders 42 and 52 of the Senate standing rules, lamented the daily activities of armed bandits in Niger State, saying that such require urgent intervention from President Muhamnadu Buhari.
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan said security challenges are enormous but surmountable.
“Nigeria is definitely up to the task and Mr President will deploy military to the areas for restoration of sanity as gradually being witnessed in Zamfara and Katsina States,” he said.