House demands audit report on armed bandits attacks

The Nigerian House of Representatives has urged the security agencies to investigate and give audit report on the armed bandit attacks experienced in the country.

The House equally urged the Army, Air force, Navy, Police, Civil Defence and National Intelligence to increase security presence in affected environs.

These resolutions were contained in a motion raised during its plenary under matters of urgent national importance on the recent killings in Sokoto State North West Nigeria.

Leading the debate, Mr. Aminu Shagari from Sokoto State expressed concerns that if urgent security measures were not put in place to curb these dastardly attacks, the people would be continuously exposed to unimaginable danger.

The inhabitants of the affected villages and the surroundings are now living in perpetual fear of further attacks occurring and as a result, the socio-economic life of the people has been adversely affected with the attendant humanitarian crises, he worried.

Threat letters

According to the lawmaker, the armed bandits issued threat letters to the villagers warning them to pay some millions of Naira or risk being attacked prior to the invasion by about 100 of the armed bandits on motor cycles using guns and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) suspected to be petrol bombs in carrying out their dastardly act.

Mr. Abdussamad Dasuki from Sokoto State in his contribution called for the collective effort against terrorism as the security apparatus seems to have failed Nigerians.

He stated that the 8th House has Debated 79 Motions of insecurity and still no serious security measure has been put in place to secure scores of innocent lives.

Mr. Tahir Monguno from Borno State called for the engagement of the youth in tackling armed bandits as it helped those from the North-east.

It is sad that while the Northeast have begun enjoying relative peace, violence has started rearing its head in hitherto peaceful regions, Munguno added.

Mr. Ahmed Baba Kaita from Katsina State, lamented the low number of security operatives saddled with the responsibility to secure the lives of teeming Nigerians.

Another member of the House, Mrs. Nnenna Ukeje in reeling out the statistics of mayhem nationwide urged the Speaker to meet the President and let him know that Nigerians can no longer sit and be patient while they are being killed.

Mrs. Betty Apiafi in her contribution wondered why if civilians had to be mobilised to aid in the fight against terrorism and stated that the unpopular State Police may be the only practical and viable option for now.

Presidential Assent

In a communication to the House, President Muhammadu Buhari explained his decision to decline Presidential Assent to four bills passed by the two chambers.

The bills are Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2018, the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Skill Fund Amendment Bill of 2018, National Child Protection and Empowerment Act Amendment Bill 2018 and Assent to the Courts and Tribunals Standard Scale of Fines Bill of 2017.

In the letter the President cited some reasons for withholding the assent.

Corporate Manslaughter Bill of 2018, the Provision of Section 39 which presumes an individual innocent until proven guilty in a competent Court of Law is contravened by the Bill, and it may be useful for the Bill to cover penalties to be imposed for the specific offenses.

The Agricultural Credit Guarantee Skill Fund Amendment Bill of 2018, the amount proposed in the the Fund size will not be effective due to the fact that it retains the original fund size.

Also, the Child Protection and Empowerment Amendment Bill 2018 was due to the fact that the proposed roles are being carried out by the Ministry of Women Affairs.

The Courts and Tribunals Standard Scale of Fines Bill of 2017 as the proposed fines seem to be ambiguous and does not specify scales of offenses and fines as the Naira has a dynamic characteristic and hence the fixed scale may later not be practical, it reads.

Source: Voice of Nigeria