The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security, following the rising spate of attacks and kidnappings across the country.
The House made its resolution after an executive closed-door session that lasted three hours on Tuesday.
The spate of criminal activities across Nigeria has increased in the last month, with reports of kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other crimes surfacing on a daily basis.
According to Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House, who read out the resolutions, the lower legislative chamber condemned the attacks on security personnel and formations around the country and sympathised with families of victims.
The Speaker said the House resolved that “the President should immediately declare emergency on security sector,” while calling on the judiciary to accelerate trial of suspected terrorists, bandits and others criminals.
“The President should as a matter of urgency ensure financial autonomy for local governments”.
The lawmakers also called on the Federal Government to ensure the protection of national infrastructure across the country.
It also resolved to organise a special security summit and invite the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd.); the service chiefs, and the heads of paramilitary agencies and NIGCOMSAT.
The House called for the immediate recruitment of operatives, noting that “the number of personnel in police and military fall far short to effectively secure the country”.
It also asked its security committees to immediately audit arms and ammunition of security agencies within four weeks.