Due to the rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria, the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.); Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, and other service chiefs; Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; and Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, have all been called to appear before the House of Representatives.
They are to appear before the lawmakers in plenary on Tuesday.
According to reports, House Member, Sada Soli filed the motion, due to the increasing attacks by bandits in some states in the North-Central and North-East geopolitical zones.
Adopting the motion, the House resolved to “summon the National Security Adviser; the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs; Director, Department of State Security; and Inspector General of Police to brief the House on the effort being made and the way forward to bring an end to these killings, kidnappings and banditry at the next sitting.”
Also, the lawmakers mandated the leadership of the House to continue the engagement with all the security agencies “on a monthly basis on the progress being made until normalcy is restored.”
Moving the motion, Soli said, “The House is worried that the magnitude of the attacks on various communities have reached an alarming rate, as these criminals have continued to perpetrate their criminal acts unabated. If this criminality is not urgently addressed, there will be an imminent danger to our food security in the country.”
“The House is concerned that any deferment by the security agencies to abridge the continuous horror and inhumanity will result into an enormous loss of lives, destruction of properties and immobilise the socio-economic and educational activities of various communities.”
On his part, Victor Mela, representing Balanga-Billiri Federal Constituency in Gombe State and Vice Chairman of Solid Minerals Committee. supported the motion, saying that the replacement of the service chiefs was long overdue. And that if in the next two months, the service chiefs were still in office, he would resign.
Shocked, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said, “Honourable colleagues, that is a very serious statement and we commend the contributions of Hon Victor Mela on this floor and his passion; he has thrown a challenge. So that he does not resign, something needs to be done.”