Insecurity: Again, Reps ask Buhari to sack service chiefs, declare state of emergency

The House of Representatives has again urged the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on Nigeria’s security sector.

The decision followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved on Wednesday by the Chief Whip, Rep. Mohammed Monguno, during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The motion was tagged, “Recent Attack by the Boko Harem Insurgents at Auno Village, Borno State”.

Monguno, who presented the motion, said commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road were compelled to suspend their journeys once it was 6 p.m due to security challenges in the northeast.

“Auno village is one of the spots where the Nigeria Army forces instruct the commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road to spend the night before proceeding their journeys the next morning.

“On Sunday, February 9, 2020, while commuters in their hundreds were waiting in the Auno village, the military men left them or at best abandoned them,” he said.

Monguno also expressed concern that while the commuters were waiting to spend the night, Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped and burnt some of their vehicles.

“The occupants of two Hummer Buses and one Sharon Bus were kidnapped, 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed, including an infant,” he said.

Monguno also expressed concern that while the commuters were waiting to spend the night, Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped and burnt some of their vehicles.

“The occupants of two Hummer Buses and one Sharon Bus were kidnapped, 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed, including an infant,’’ he said.

He added that keeping commuters waiting at night was dangerous in view of the security challenges in Nigeria, especially in the North-East.

The Minority Leader of the house, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta), who also supported the motion, reiterated the call for the removal of security chiefs.

The house, however, urged the military authority “to henceforth stop the keeping of commuters overnight at a particular period on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road and allow them to proceed on their journeys after 6 pm.”

The house, however, urged the military authority “to henceforth stop the keeping of commuters overnight at a particular period on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road and allow them to proceed on their journeys after 6 p.m.”

The green chamber also directed the Committee on Army to look into the setting up of super camps in Auno, and the withdrawal of the military from checkpoints.

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