The Senate in plenary session on Wednesday urged the country’s military forces and security agencies to closely monitor and block escape routes used by fleeing bandits and terrorists.
This was just as he urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to provide food and other livelihood support services to affected villagers and internally displaced people in the local government areas of Mariga, Mashegu, Kontagora and Borgu in the Senate District of North Niger.
These were part of the resolutions reached by the Senate following a motion on “Renewed kidnappings and banditry attacks against communities in the Mariga, Mashegu, Kontagora and Borgu local government areas of the Northern Niger senatorial district”.
Under Orders 41 and 51 of the new Senate Rules, Whip MP, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC-Niger), deplored the disturbing trend of new kidnapping and banditry communities in the local government areas of Mariga, Mashegu and Kontagora in Niger state.
He recalled that “following the massive attack against criminal elements and bandits operating in the eastern parts of Sokoto and Zamfara states, there was a massive movement of these fugitive bandits and their criminal elements towards Niger state, specifically towards the government area. local Mariga (LGA).
“Concerned that these bandits continually attacked communities in the Mariga LGA, leading to massive internal displacement of many communities. Currently, the villagers have moved from MaÚndu, Alabani, Sappaji in Berri Ward. More than 20 villages are now deserted in Galma/Wamba district and there are few residents in Ukuru, Igoma, Maruba and Ruka villages in Bobbi district.
“Communities bordering Kaduna, Zamfara and Kebbi states, located in Mariga LGA, namely Galma, Makici, Makogi Na Maforo, Nassarawa and Kwanan Duci, are constantly being attacked by bandits and more than 15 people killed in the Bobbi District of Mariga LGA.
“We are concerned that some bandits notorious in their numbers operated for hours in five villages on Friday January 14, where they stole various animals as villagers fled their homes.”
According to him, the bandits first attacked the town of Tungan-Ruá in the morning, then moved on to Tungan Maje and also stole cattle.
“The same day they attacked Kawo Mashegu, where they killed two people, kidnapped four, and proceeded to attack the village of Tungan Magaji, where they also took several head of cattle.
“After several operations, 17 people were kidnapped, including two people delivering ransom. On the same day, the village of Farin Shinge, a few kilometers from the city of Kontagora, was also attacked and two people kidnapped.
“Concerned that bandits have a habit of burning down villages, burning farms with unharvested agricultural produce, stealing home-stored food from villages they attack with the danger that those who defy the odds to go to their farms to harvest will be killed or kidnapped. , many villagers are now internally displaced persons in places like Bangi, Mangoro and other safer places without food or services.
“President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the nation’s armed forces to carry out a major military operation in the state of Niger, which has faced continued attacks on its communities by bandits and remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who they were fleeing theaters of war in the north-west and north-east of the country.
“We strongly suggest that the operations be broad enough to close off the various roads that give fleeing bandits and terrorists access to safe havens in various parts of Niger state, especially in Mariga, Mashegu, Magama and Borgu Local Governments of the senatorial districts of northern Niger and local governments of Rafi and Shiroro of the senatorial districts of eastern Niger,” said Abdullahi.
Consequently, the Senate resolved to observe a minute of silence for those who lost their lives.
He urged the armed forces and other security agencies involved in the ordered operations to closely monitor and block escape routes/routes used by fleeing bandits and terrorists to prevent their relocation to safe havens in other parts of Niger state. .
The chamber also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide food and other livelihood support services to affected villagers and those now internally displaced in government areas. local of Mariga, Mashegu, Kontagora and Borgu of the senatorial district of northern Niger.
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