Following the abduction of students and staff of Government Science Secondary School in Kagara, Niger State in the early hours of Wednesday, individuals and and organizations are now calling on the President to declare state of emergency on the entire security apparatus.
The Nigerian Senate had on Wednesday asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to declare state of emergency on security without further delay.
This point of order was made in the hallowed chambers of the Nigerian Senate by senator Sani Musa (APC, Niger State).
The Senator confirmed that the abductors who whisked both the students and staff were all dressed in military uniforms.
According to him, the school has a population of over 1000 students, although the number of the abductees is yet to be ascertained.
The Senator stated that the security explained that they were on the check for the criminals.
Another senator from Niger State, Sabi Abdullahi said, the abductors and bandits are bold enough to commit such heinous crimes due to the successes recorded in the state in recent times by these criminal elements.
Sen Abdullahi also stated that the invasion of Niger State is a clear warning that even the FCT is not safe.
Also, Sen Bima Enagi from Niger State said, the Buhari led Federal Government have proven to be incompetent at tackling the security challenges the country is facing.
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.”
On his part, the Senate President, described the abduction of the students as unfortunate.
He however pointed out the fact that the security agencies are facing the challenge of personnel funding.
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.”