Senate Asks Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency On Insecurity

The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency on insecurity in the country. 

 This was just as the Upper Chamber condemned in very strong terms, Wednesday’s abduction of students and teachers of Government Science School, Kagara, Niger State, by bandits. 

 These were resolutions reached by the Senate following consideration of a motion, “Abduction of Students and Teachers of Government Science School Kagara: Need for urgent action.”

 Earlier, sponsor of the motion, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), while coming under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules, “notes with sadness, and great concern, the recent terrorist attack and abduction of students at Government Science School, Kagara, Niger State by gunmen in the early hours of today; 

 “Further notes that the bandits were dressed in military uniforms when they attacked the boarding school, overpowered the security guards before whisking away the students, and killing some which numbers are to yet to be confirmed;

 “Aware that the exact number of students kidnapped are not yet known as headcount was being conducted in the school as we speak to ascertain the actual number of missing students; but the school has a population of over 1000 students

 “Further aware that the security agencies were able to detect the coordinates of the area the students were taken to, and have started tracing the bandits’ movement while security aircraft have been seen hovering in the air to track the location of the students; READ ALSO Jonathan delivers verdict on Buhari as he clocks 78

 “Aware that section 14 (2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended stipulates that the welfare and security of citizens shall be the primary responsibility of government; thus government at all levels owe the people the duty to provide adequate security; 

 “Aware that the recent attack and abduction of school children at Government Science School, Kagara, Niger State is coming on the heels of yet to be resolved Kankara abduction of 300 students which took place at Government Science School, Kankara, Katsina State, Chibok Girls in 2014, and abduction of about 100 school girls at Government Girls Science and Technical School, Dapchi, Yobe State in 2018; and 

“Concerned that like the other incidents of school children abduction that took place in Chibok and Dapchi, several years back, if no immediate action is taken to rescue Kagara School Students, their fate may be sealed in the hands of terrorists; and

 “Further worried that Niger, Katsina and many other states in North-west And North-central Nigeria are now bedeviled by Bandits attacks. 

The bandits Kill and kidnap at will despite the large deployment of police officers and soldiers to the affected states;

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