The Senate has urged the Federal Government to declare all suspected leaders of terrorists in the country wanted. This followed the adoption of a motion by Sen. Bala Ibn Naâ€™Allah (APC-Kebbi) and co-sponsored by 12 other senators during plenary on Wednesday. The motion was entitled; â€œUrgent need to surmount all kinds of kidnappings, banditry and related security challenges in Wasagu-Danko, Sakaba, and Yauri Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kebbiâ€. Presenting the motion, Naâ€™Allah said that it was no longer news that the bandits were moving in hundreds in the areas terrorizing the people. â€œThe bandits have been reportedly laying siege around Yar-kuka, Morai, Dankade to Wadako and recently in Bena where 20 people were abducted.â€ He said that if urgent steps were not taken, the peace-loving communities might be forced to resort to self-defense by acquiring arms and ammunition. Contributing Sen. Adamu Aliero (APC-Kebbi) said that the acquisition of 12 Super Tucano jets by the federal government was supposed to help flush out the bandits from their hideous. â€œRecently, we purchased Tucano Aircraft, which can be used to move out the bandits. â€œIt has the ability to trace the movement of these bandits. If they are rustling cows, I wonder how they move them without being detected. â€œI urge security forces to intensify efforts to stop banditry in the state.â€ Also, Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger) said that bandits and other criminals were causing havoc in communities in many states. â€œThe security situation is becoming alarming not only in Kebbi but in surrounding states like Niger. â€œHuman beings are lost every day, and we enjoy standing up and doing one-minute silence. â€œApart from calling on security agencies to intensify efforts in the fight against insecurity, leaders should fear God,â€ he said. In his remarks, President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan said, â€œlet us never be discouraged because sometimes we feel why we are doing this when nothing is happening. â€œThere is a limit to what we can do, but we must do what we are supposed to do well. â€œWe can only do oversight to put pressure, but we canâ€™t execute. We canâ€™t command anyone to go anywhere, but what we do here is very significant. â€œWe should continue to debate it and follow on with some actions. â€œWe have approved significant resources funds recently in both the Supplementary Budget of 2021 and the Appropriation Act of 2022 for armed forces and other security agencies. â€œThe time has come for all security and defense-related committees to have an oversight on the releases of funds to these agencies.â€ The upper chamber called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct massive military and other security agencies deployed to the areas to conduct a rigorous operation to bring to end banditry and other crimes in the affected LGAs.
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