Senate Calls for Special Military Operations to Counter Bandits and Kidnappers Amid Insecurity

A motion was adopted by the Senate on Thursday, urging security agencies in Nigeria to launch special operations to flush out suspected bandits from the North West and other parts of the country.

The motion was sponsored by Sen. Abdulaziz Yar’Adua (APC – Katsina), who expressed his worries over the abduction of five female students of the Federal University Dutsinma (FUDMA) in Katsina State from their hostel on Oct. 4.

He also mentioned the recent kidnapping of 24 students of the Federal University of Gusau as another example of the insecurity plaguing the region.

“Sixteen of them have been successfully freed after three days after a rescue operation by security agencies,” he said.

According to Yar’Adua, the abductions had caused fear and anxiety among the university staff and students in the region.

He also mentioned the incident of eight NYSC members who were taken hostage by alleged terrorists while travelling to their camp in Zamfara on Aug. 21.

“The NYSC corps members were traveling in an Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) bus from Uyo, Akwa Ibom to Sokoto State, for the one-year mandatory national service, when their vehicle was intercepted by the terrorists,” he said.

He noted that there has been a rise in the cases of kidnapping for money in the major cities and villages in the North West region.

The Senate instructed its Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure that the security agencies follow its resolution.