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National Assembly Tackles Boko Haram Scare

Yusuf Dotun

The National Assembly raised an alarm over the alleged plan by the Boko Haram insurgents to attack the facility.

The House of Representatives, at a plenary recently, made it compulsory for the committee on Internal Security of the National Assembly to inquire into the attack scare.

The resolution was passed following the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Mr Shehu Beji, who called for an overhauling of the security in and around the building.

The committee set up by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, suggested that arms-bearing elite force should be established for the National Assembly.

Mr Shehu Beji, while moving the motion, made reference to a media reports on February 13, indicating that Boko Haram insurgent might attack the National Assembly, according to the intelligent report gathered by the management.

He said the House should recall barely a few months ago, before the end of 2019, the National Assembly Complex was attacked by certain resented religious group culminating in the loss of lives and properties.

The House is disturbed in view of the previous attack; the security status of the National Assembly is below the threshold required for its protection. The House needs to be proactive due to the degree of insecurity in the country.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday held a meeting with heads of security institutions in the country.

The Senate President asked the head of security institutions to beef up security at the National Assembly to avert any attack.

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