The Senate has urged security agencies in the country to deploy drones and helicopters in forests and other ungoverned spaces in order to identify camps of armed bandits and other criminal elements and arrest them.
Senator Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, made this known during plenary on Wednesday while reading the resolution of the upper chamber regarding the insecurity situation in the country.
The South-West region has been in the news recently over the activities of killer herdsmen, who rape, kidnap and destroy farmlands with their cattle; as well as the eviction notices issued to the herdsmen by Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, and Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba rights activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Speaking at plenary, Senators Tolulope Odebiyi (Ogun West Senatorial District); Solomon Adeola (Lagos-West Senatorial District); Ademola Balogun (Oyo South Senatorial District); and Ali Ndume (Borno South Senatorial District), raised the need for urgent action to be taken against the security challenges in the country.
The Senator resolved to: “Urge the Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to direct the National Security Adviser and the Newly nominated Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police to device a proposal to rejig the nation’s security architecture and disposition of forces for more effective countermeasures against the current security challenges particularly in the rural areas;
“Urge the State Governors to re-invigorate rural governance and convene state-wide inter-communal conclaves and dialogues to promote local conflict resolution and inter-ethnic harmony;
“Urge the Federal Government to immediately embark on an operation to checkmate proliferation of firearms and enforce the laws against illegal possession of firearms by arresting, disarming and punishing anyone in illegal possession of arms;
“Urge the State Governors to implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan which is a modern scheme designed to eliminate transhumance in order to prevent farmer-herder conflicts and activate highly productive livestock sector in Nigeria;
“Urge the Security Agencies to actively deploy drones and helicopters to monitor forests and ungoverned areas in Nigeria, to identify illegal camps of armed bandits;
“Urge the Federal Government to adequately equip the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigerian Customs Service to police and monitor our borders using technology to check illegal immigrants, and checkmate smuggling of fire arms and light weapon;
“Urge the Federal Government to resuscitate and inaugurate the National Task Force Commission to combat the proliferation of Light Weapons, Small Arms and Ammunition; and;
“Urge the Federal Government to review the ECOWAS Protocol of free movement to checkmate the infiltration of criminal elements into Nigeria.”