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Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2020

Reps move to fortify NASS over Boko Haram threats

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By Christiana Ekpa

The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to fortify the National Assembly sequel to reports that Boko Haram may attack the National Assembly Complex.
It’s equally mandated the House Committee on Internal Security of the National Assembly to further inquire in to the instant information.
The lawmakers also called on the management of the National Assembly to evolve installation of CCTV Cameras and Modern Scanning Systems at the gates and strategic points of the National Assembly Complex.
The House also mandated the National Assembly Management to introduce screening and registration and issuance of Identity Cards to vendors who conduct businesses within the National Assembly Complex.
The resolution was sequel to a motion moved by a member, Rep. Shehu Barwa Beji, Deputy Chairman House Committee on Labour, Employment & Productivity.
The motion titled: “Calling for the need to urgently overhaul and intensify the National Assembly security system” was passed by majority of members when the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, called for a voice vote.
While moving the motion, Beji said: The House notes the recent reportage on page 3 of the daily trust newspaper of 13 February, 2020 indicating that Boko Haram terrorists may attack National Assembly according to Intelligence Report gathered by the management.
“Recalls that barely few months ago precisely at the tail of the year 2019, the National Assembly Complex was attacked by certain resented religious group culminating into loss of lives and properties.
“Disturbed that from the previous attack under reference, the security apparatus of the National Assembly is obviously below the threshold required for its protection.
“Worried that the degree of insecurity in the Country speaks volume of the likelihood of such attack in a greater magnitude if we fail to be proactive.”
The lawmaker express worry that a terrorist attack on an institution like the National Assembly, which is the constitutional voice of the people, will be an international eyesore on Nigeria’s democracy.
“Given the fact that persons from different kingdoms, chiefdoms and empires, who officially visit the National Assembly including innocent school kids who come on excursion could be affected by the ugly event.”
He also noted that that according to the intelligence report, strange persons have been around the National Assembly complex and if confronted at the gate of the complex were quick to claim being constituents of the law makers either at the senate or House of Representatives.
“Concerned that in the face of the facelessness of terrorist the security apparatus of the National Assembly and its environs requires total overhaul.

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