‘Declare state of emergency’

The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency because of the insecurity in the country.

It also resolved to summon the Service Chiefs and the national Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Monguno and the Managing Director of Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) for briefing on the situation in the country.

It called for massive recruitment into the police and the armed forces to boost manpower.

The House also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure financial autonomy for local government councils and ensure protection for all national assets and infrastructure across the country, especially the Shiroro and Kainji dam.

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Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila announced the resolution.

Shortly after leading the House prayers and the national pledge, Gbajabiamila who met with the President on Monday, dissolved the House into an Executive session to discuss “some national issues”.

Other resolutions include that: “The House condemn attacks on security agents and formations across the country and sympathize with the families of those who lost their lives.

“The House sympathizes with all the families and Communities that have been victims of banditry, terrorism and criminal elements in the country, particularly in Ukpo, Ifitedunu, Dunukofia, Geidam LGA, Abagana, IDP Camp in Makurdi Urikpam, Jato-Aka, Police Divisions in the South East, Ehime Mbano, Uzo-Uwani in Enugu State, Uzuakoli, Abia State, Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State, and parts of Imo and Nationwide.

“The House urged the judiciary to accelerate prosecution of those awaiting trial due to banditry, terrorism and kidnapping activities, while the government should provide emergency relief to all communities that has been affected in recent attacks across the country”.

<<The Nation>>