The House of Representatives has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to deploy all forces against bandits and cattle rustlers in the local government areas where they are based, while asking the Nigerian Air Force to deploy A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets against them.
Specifically, the House â€œcall on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to deploy, massively, all the law enforcement agencies to conduct a rigorous operation that will bring to an end to banditry and cattle rustling in the affected LGAs.â€
The House also asked the Nigeria Air Force to deploy Super Tucano to â€œbombard all the bandits and their camps;â€ and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to â€œas a matter of urgency set up commands in the affected areas.â€
Also, the lawmakers directed the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials such as clothes, blankets, food and shelter to victims in the affected areas, while calling on donor organisations to provide similar relief materials.
The chamber further resolved to observe a one-minute silence â€œin honour of all the departed souls in the country due to terrorism, banditry and separatists.â€
These resolutions were sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by a member, Kabir Tukura.
It was titled â€˜Urgent need to deploy new strategies to address the rate of kidnapping and banditry related crimes in Wasagu/Danko and Sakaba Local Government Areas of Kebbi State.â€™
Moving the motion, Tukura said, â€œThe House regrets that the current strategy for combating the security challenge is not enough to surmount the challenges. Hence, there is a serious need to deploy, massively, all the law enforcement agencies to conduct a rigorous operation that will bring to an end to the banditry and cattle rustling in the affected LGAs Nigerian;
â€œFor the Air Force to deploy Super Tucano to bombard all the bandits and their camps; and for the Chief of Defence Staff and Inspector-General of Police to, as a matter of urgency, set up commands in the affected areas.
â€œThe House is concerned that the peace-loving residents of the affected areas are homeless and economically worthless. The number of widows and widowers are increasing, their children cannot go to school, farmers do not have access to their farmlands, and local markets cannot be operated.â€
The House also adopted another motion of urgent public importance moved by Babatunde Ayeni, titled â€˜Urgent need to end killings of innocent citizens by suspected cultists in Ijeshaland.â€™
Consequently, the House urged the IGP; Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; and other security agencies to â€œintervene by deploying their officers to the affected area in the bid to return normalcy and restore peace and order.â€