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Insecurity: Senate to summon service chiefs, demands special military operations
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Thu, 5 Oct 2023   ||   Nigeria,

Worried by the worsening insecurity in the country, the Senate on Thursday resolved to summon the service chiefs.

The upper chamber took the decision on Thursday after deliberating a motion on the kidnap of five female students from the Federal University Dunsin-Ma in Katsina state on Wednesday.

Those to be summoned include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Hassan Abubakar.

Also to be invited are the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu.

The lawmakers asked security agencies to be more proactive and ensure the rescue of the abducted female students as well as the corps members kidnapped by terrorists in Zamfara State.

They urged the military to conduct special operations to dislodge bandits in the North-West and in other parts of the country and also called on the Federal Government to address the manpower deficit in the armed forces and police.

The senators also emphasised the need for the creation of state police as one of the solutions to the security challenges in the country.

However, no date has been fixed yet for the planned meeting with the service chiefs.

No fewer than five female students of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), in Katsina State were on Wednesday abducted by suspected terrorists, with police confirming the arrest of one suspect in connection with the incident.

The victims were said to have been kidnapped in their residence located behind Mariamoh Ajiri Memorial International School along Tsaskiya Road.

An eyewitness told Channels Television via telephone that the students were abducted in the early hours of Wednesday at about 2:30 a.m.

The Police Spokesman, ASP Abubakar Sadiq when contacted, also confirmed the incident via telephone.

He explained that one suspect had been arrested in connection with the incident, stating that the investigation was still ongoing with a view to rescue the abductees from the hands of the hoodlums.

“Yes, it is true, the incident has taken place but we have already arrested one suspect for now in connection with the incident and we are investigating the incident to unravel the circumstances surrounding it please,” Aliyu added.


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