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Terrorism: Lawmakers Fear Attack on National Assembly Complex

29 Nov 2012

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By Onwuka Nzeshi

The  House of Representatives Wednesday decried the growing wave of  insecurity in the country and expressed fears that the National Assembly might not be safe; given the rate of attacks on security formations in recent days.

The lawmakers said the serial  attacks on the military church at the Command and Staff College, Jaji last Sunday and the raid on the headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja less than 24 hours later had  raised a lot of questions about the readiness of the  security agencies to defend public places and  institutions.

The National Assembly Complex has remained under a security cordon since the October 1, 2010 bomb blast near the Eagle Square, Central Area of Abuja.

The lawmakers, in a motion of urgent national importance, said the insecurity had gotten to a level where no public  facility could be considered safe any longer.

The debate on national security  concerns was sequel to a motion brought to the floor by Hon.  Abubakar Momoh, representing Estako Federal Constituency of Edo State.
Momoh had in his motion drawn the attention of the House to the recent armed  robbery incident at  Auchi, Edo State.
Daredevil armed robbers had stormed the town, raided banks and police stations, leaving behind sorrow, tears and blood.

The consensus of opinion among the legislators was that the level of  insecurity in the country had  reached an embarrassing peak that the parliament cannot afford to ignore.

They argued that if the terrorists attack  security institutions with so much ease and precision, they could one day  invade the National Assembly.

In his contribution to the debate, Minority Whip of the House,  Hon Samson Osagie,  urged  the Federal Government to explore and  deploy new  strategies in combating terrorism and other security  challenges in the country.
The parliament, Osagie said, cannot  afford to fold its arms  and watch  citizens being  killed  and maimed every day.
He said that emphasis must be placed on intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism training and procurement of modern communication gadgets and sophisticated firearms for security personnel.

Tags: Politics, Nigeria, Featured, Terrorism, LAWMAKERS, National Assembly

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