The Senate has asked the Chief of Army Staff to establish a command base in Garkida and all major settlements bordering the Sambisa forest.
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The upper house made the demand after adopting a motion moved by Senator Aishatu Ahmed, the lawmaker representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District, during plenary on Tuesday.
Senator Ahmed stated that she raised the motion following an attack on the people and town of Garikida in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa Central Senatorial District by an insurgent group on February 21.
She said the insurgents, in over seven gun trucks and many motorcycles, attacked the town at about 7 pm and set many buildings ablaze.
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The federal lawmaker lamented that three soldiers were killed in the attack while properties worth millions of naira were burnt or destroyed.
Public hospitals, schools, telecommunication facilities, police stations, buses, cars, food stores, private properties situated in Garkida were either burnt or vandalised, according to the senator.
She expressed worry that the attack were planned by the insurgents to have a religious connotation and, therefore, called on the Federal Government to urgently take more drastic actions in the face of such affront on the nation’s security architecture, the region and indeed the entire nation.
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Following the adoption of Senator Ahmed’s motion, the Senate also called on the North East Development Commission to immediately embark on the rehabilitation of public and religious institutions destroyed during the recent attacks carried out by Boko Haram terrorists on communities in Adamawa State.
The upper chamber equally urged the National Emergency Management Agency to urgently assess the extent of damage and provide relief materials immediately to affected residents of Garkida community.