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Declare State Of Emergency On Security-Senate To Buhari

Nigerian Senate on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security with immediate effect.

The senate made the call after a point of order was raised by Senator Sani Musa representing Niger East(APC).

Musa said, following the latest abduction of students and staff members of the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State, the actual number of students abducted was not known but that the school had over 1, 000 students, even as the criminals who carried out the attack were dressed in military uniforms.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi, also from Niger State, said the forest that extends to Niger State, and up to Zamfara State from the Federal Capital Territory was being used by the terrorists.

He said the fact that the bandits had invaded Niger State was an indication that the safety of lives and property of FCT residents was also threatened.

Senator Bima Enagi, also from Niger State, declared that the Buhari-led administration was not competent to address security challenges in the country.

He said, “We need to amend the constitution so that governors should be chief security officers of their states since the government at the centre has failed to protect the lives and property of Nigerians….”

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, described the abduction of the students as unfortunate.

He, however, said the security agencies had challenges with personnel and funds.

He said, “Abduction of students from schools happens in the northern part of Nigeria.

“With incidences like this, parents would be scared to take their wards to school, and the efforts of the past and by present leaders at providing education would be defeated.

“Service chiefs have to secure the schools and carry the states along.”

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