Insecurity: we’ve failed in our obligation, says Speaker

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The security situation in the country took a worsening turn on Wednesday with killings and kidnappings across the states.

In Abuja, federal lawmakers kicked off their 2020 plenary with a debate on insecurity in the Senate and a forceful address by House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, which centred on insecurity.

Gbajabiamila lamented that political office holders’ failure to secure lives and properties is underscored each time a person is abducted or killed.

He said: “Every time a citizen going about their business is killed or kidnapped, loses their property or livelihood, we have failed in our obligation. From the abundance of these failures has emerged a culture of self-help in matters of internal security that portends grave danger for our nation’s continued existence.”

The Speaker added: “If ever there was a time for us to put aside all other considerations, especially the petty concerns of partisanship and politics, it is now. If ever there was a time to set aside our differences of tribe and religion to focus on a concerted effort to defeat the challenges of insurgency and banditry, communal violence, and the violent struggle over land; that time is now.”

Yesterday, gunmen killed three people in Anambra State. The assailants gained access to the hall where a meeting was taking place in Nkpor, Idemili Local Government and shut them dead.

On a Delta State highway, seven travellers in a Warri-bound vehicle were abducted by gunmen.

In Bayelsa State, armed-to-the-teeth pirates kidnapped six people after attacking a speedboat.

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