The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on Nigeria’s security sector.
This is owing to the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents and more recently, the attack on Auno Village, in Borno state.
The motion tagged: “Recent Attack by the Boko Harem Insurgents at Auno Village, Borno State,” which was decribed as a matter of Urgent Public Importance was moved by the Chief Whip of the house, Rep. Mohammed Monguno, during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila.
Monguno spearheading the motion said, “Auno village is one of the spots where the Nigeria Army forces instruct the commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road to spend the night before proceeding their journeys the next morning.”
This according to him is due to the security challenges in the northeast.
The lawmaker said, “On Sunday, February 9, 2020, while commuters in their hundreds were waiting in the Auno village, the military men left them or at best abandoned them.”
He further revealed that while the commuters were waiting to spend the night, Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped and burnt some of their vehicles. He noted that the occupants of two Hummer Buses and one Sharon Bus were kidnapped, 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed, including an infant
Monguno argued that keeping commuters waiting at night was dangerous in view of the security challenges in Nigeria, especially in the North-East.
He expressed concerns that the non-existence of a “super Military camp” on the Damanturu-Maiduguri road was exposing commuters to dangers of being “killed, maimed or kidnapped”, by the insurgents.
The motion enjoyed the support of the Minority Leader of the house, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta), who reiterated the call for the removal of security chiefs.
However, 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 to proceed on their journeys after 6 p.m.”
Therefore, the house committees on Army, National Security, and Intelligence was directed to investigate the remote causes of the attack and also to look into the setting up of super camps in Auno, and the withdrawal of the military from checkpoints.