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Reps Accuse Neighbouring Countries Of Promoting Insecurity In Nigeria


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It was learned that the green chamber made the accusation after meeting the country’s security chiefs in Abuja on Wednesday to provide a solution to the high level of criminality and killings in the country.

Briefing journalists after the closed-door session, Babajimi Benson, chairman, House Committee on Defence, accused the neighboring countries to providing arms and ammunition for bandits and kidnappers.

Asked if it was true that some neighbouring countries are fuelling insecurity in Nigeria, he said: “Yes … that is part of the things we discussed. There could be some truths in that.”

Benson said the meeting — held a week after the lawmakers asked the service chiefs to resign — went “very well” as the committees got “first-hand information on what is going on and what the issues are”.

“We were to a large extent satisfied with what they said. Like I said, we are also going to table what they said before parliament,” he added.

“Military issues are not things we should discuss in public but they raised a lot of issues that we must all sit down as Nigerians and discuss. One of them is that, there is probably an international dimension to what we see. There is ISIS, there is ISWAP. These are things that we need to discuss in a very classified manner.

“But what we want Nigerians to know is that we are committed to them 100 percent, to see that we assist the military and the armed forces and ensuring that this matter is put to an end within the shortest possible time.”

On the resolution of the house that the service chiefs should resign or be sacked, the lawmaker said that would be left for President Muhammadu Buhari to decide on.

“Sacking the service chiefs is … we can suggest but it is a function of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces; the buck stops at his table,” he said.

“It is not a u-turn but the most important thing that Nigerians want is the security of their lives and for their properties to be protected. That is the meeting we are having today.”

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Reps Accuse Neighbouring Countries Of Promoting Insecurity In Nigeria


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