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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Students’ Abduction: Senate Wants FG to Declare State of Emergency on Security Challenge

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the country due to the current security challenges.

The Senate’s resolution was sequel to a Point of Order raised by Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger) during Wednesday’s plenary.

The motion was on the abduction of students and teachers of Government Science College (GSC), Kagara in Niger state in the early hours of Wednesday.

Musa said the terrorist who whisked their victims away were dressed in military uniforms.

He said the actual number of students abducted was not known but that the school had over 1000 students.

The Senator said security agencies had explained that they were on the trail of the criminals.

The Senate demanded the implementation of its ad hoc resolution on security and urged the combined team of military and police to set up an operation to destroy criminal camps across the country.

Senator Bima Enagi, also from Niger State, declared that the Buhari regime was incompetent to handle 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 had failed to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.

“The Federal Government is busy giving palliative instead of creating employment, thus aggravating insecurity.

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

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

He said, “Abduction of students from school 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 have to carry the states along.”

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