Reps advocate state of emergency

The House of Representatives wants President Muhammadu Buhari to be decisive and declare a state of emergency on the security situation in the country.

The reps were reacting after  a motion  moved by the Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno, tagged “Recent Attack by Boko Haram Insurgents at Auno Village, Borno State”.

Monguno said commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road are compelled to suspend their journey once it is 6pm due to security challenges in the North-East.

“Auno village is one of the spots where the Nigerian Army forces instructed commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road to spend the night before proceeding on their journeys the next morning.

“On Sunday, February 9, while commuters in their hundreds were waiting in Auno village, the military left them to their fate or at best abandoned them,” he said.

Monguno also expressed concern that while the commuters were waiting to spend the night, Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped and burnt some of their vehicles.

“The occupants of two Hummer buses and one Sharon bus were kidnapped, 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed including an infant,’’ he stated.

The lawmaker said the non-existence of a “super military camp” on the Damanturu-Maiduguri road is exposing commuters to dangers of being “killed, maimed or kidnaped”, adding that keeping commuters waiting at night is dangerous in view of the security challenges in Nigeria, especially the North-East.

Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta),  supported the motion and backed calls for the removal of service chiefs.

The House urged the military authority “to henceforth stop the keeping of commuters overnight at a particular period on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road and allow them proceed on their journeys after 6 pm.”

They also directed the House Committees on Army, National Security and Intelligence to investigate the remote causes of the attack. The green chamber also directed the Committee on Army to look into the setting up of super camps in Auno and the withdrawal of the military from checkpoints.

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