There’s growing suspicion security operatives are behind insecurity in Nigeria – Senator Bwacha


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The Senator representing Taraba South, Emmanuel Bwacha, has expressed concern over “growing suspicion” that security operatives were complicit in insecurity plaguing the nation.

He stated this at plenary on Wednesday while moving a motion on growing insecurity in Nigeria.

Rising under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Bwacha stated that insecurity had risen significantly to the point of becoming a major problem in the country.

The senator decried that kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, assassination, and other criminal activity have become the order of the day in the country.

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“The assassination of the Nasarawa State APC Chairman and other high profile cases are still fresh in our memories.

“A Chinese national was recently abducted in my community, his whereabouts is still unknown.

“There is growing suspicion of complicity of officials of state saddled with the responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of the citizens but compromised in the process.

“This is heightened by the arrest of several security operatives involved in armed robbery and kidnapping activities across the country.

“It is only in Nigeria that communication facilities can be used without a biometric process, no valid identification of passport details (in the case of foreigners) in place to check abuse,” Bwacha stated.

He said it was worrisome that bandits and kidnappers negotiated for ransom with telephones and still remain untraceable.

“How can we be so negligent and insensitive to the safety and security of citizens?

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“Senate is concerned that the confidence between the protected and the protector is being increasingly eroded resulting in the breakdown of law and order as demonstrated in the #EndSARS protest which was subsequently hijacked by miscreants.

“The Senate further notes that political permutations across the landscape are attracting politicians to recruit criminals for the purpose of destabilising the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“These evil intents can be easily achieved given the poor control over communication facilities viz inability of our security apparatus and service providers to effectively manage this all-important sector,” Bwacha noted.

Following the motion, the Senate passed a resolution directed its committees on Legislative Compliance and Communications to summon the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami.

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