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Senate Urges President Tinubu to Revise Anti-Banditry Strategies

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The Nigerian Senate has called on President Bola Tinubu to reassess the strategies employed by security agencies to combat banditry and establish a task force to investigate the implications of negotiating with bandits. This resolution was adopted on Wednesday following a motion by Senator Nasiru Zangon, highlighting the urgent need to revise the security approach in addressing bandit attacks in the North-Western states of Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Kebbi, as well as some North Central states.

This resolution was adopted on Wednesday following a motion by Senator Nasiru Zangon, highlighting the urgent need to revise the security approach in addressing bandit attacks in the North-Western states of Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Kebbi, as well as some North Central states.

The Senate’s resolution includes a call for the Federal Government to reintroduce patrol spots across affected states to deter bandit incursions. This measure aims to bolster security presence and provide a proactive response to the increasing threat of banditry in these regions.

During an extensive debate on the matter, several lawmakers emphasized the critical need for immediate and effective action. Senator Aminu Tambuwal advocated for declaring a state of emergency in regions that have become terror hotspots, underscoring the severity of the situation. He stressed that drastic measures are necessary to restore peace and security.

Senator Abdul Ningi expressed concerns about the capabilities of security agencies, suggesting that they are either ill-equipped, fearful, or incompetent to handle the estimated 5,000 to 10,000 bandits operating in these regions. He recommended that President Tinubu should set clear consequences and a specific timeline for security chiefs to achieve tangible results in tackling the bandit threat.

“The President must dictate a specific consequence and timeline to the appointed security chiefs, within which to tackle the bandits if manifest results are expected,” Senator Ningi stated.

The persistent issue of banditry has been a major concern for the Senate, consistently featuring in their discussions. The lawmakers stressed the need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to address the root causes of banditry and ensure the safety of citizens in the affected areas.

The Senate’s call to action reflects the urgency and gravity of the banditry crisis in Nigeria. By urging the President to review current strategies and implement decisive measures, the lawmakers aim to enhance the effectiveness of security operations and bring about lasting peace and stability.

As Nigeria continues to grapple with the menace of banditry, the Senate’s proactive stance highlights the need for strong leadership and innovative solutions to safeguard the nation’s security. The establishment of a dedicated task force to investigate bandit negotiations and the reintroduction of patrol spots are among the key recommendations aimed at curbing the bandit threat and protecting vulnerable communities.

The Senate’s resolution is a significant step towards addressing the banditry crisis, and its implementation will be crucial in determining the future security landscape of Nigeria.

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