The Senate has tasked its Communications and Legislative Compliance Committees to invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, to instill in him the need to implement the Senate resolutions on security matters related to the mandate of his ministry.
According to the statement issued on Wednesday by Ezrel Tabiowo, special press assistant to the president of the Senate, the decision was made after the consideration of a motion on the growing insecurity in Nigeria.
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP – Taraba South), who was raised under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, noted that “the rate of insecurity in Nigeria has not only increased astronomically, but has reached a melting point” .
According to the legislator, the defendant has manifested himself in kidnappings, banditry, armed robbery, murder and other criminal activities in the country.
“The assassination of the APC chairman of the state of Nasarawa and other high-profile cases are still fresh in our memory. A Chinese citizen was recently kidnapped in my community, his whereabouts are still unknown, ”Bwacha lamented.
In addition, he expressed his concern that “there is a growing suspicion of complicity by state officials charged with the responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens, but committed to the process.”
“This is compounded by the arrest of several security officers involved in armed robbery and kidnapping activities across the country. Only in Nigeria can communication facilities be used without a biometric process, without a valid identification from passport data (in the case of foreigners) to verify abuses, ”added the legislator.
He raised the alarm that “bandits, terrorists negotiate for a ransom using telephones and getting away with it”, asking, “How can we be so negligent and insensitive to the safety of citizens?”
“The Senate is concerned that the trust between the protégés and the protector is increasingly eroding, resulting in a breach of public order, as demonstrated in the #EndSARS protest, which was subsequently hijacked by criminals.
“It further notes that political permutations across the landscape are luring politicians to recruit criminals for the purpose of destabilizing Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“These evil intentions can be easily achieved given the limited control over communication facilities, that is, the inability of our security apparatus and service providers to effectively manage this important sector,” said Bwacha.