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Senate task security agencies to ensure protection of Niger communities.

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Senate task security agencies to ensure protection of Niger communities.

By Ihegazie Hope Chidinma

Senate president, Ahmad Lawan has on wednesday tasked security agencies to act as fast as possible to ensure that the people of rafi, shiroro and magama communities in Niger state recently attacked by armed bandits are protected from future attacks.

This was his submission while reacting to a point of order raised during plenary by the senator representing Niger east, Musa Sani and senator representing Cross river central,Sandy Onor.

Senator representing Niger east, Musa Sani coming under order 42 and 52 decried the spate of armed banditry in his senatorial district in the last two months.

He said that the recent attacks led to the kidnapping of three district heads and destruction of lives and property by the bandits noting that this has resulted in the relocation of citizens to neighboring states for refuge.

He called on the service chiefs to urgently intervene to curb this ugly trend.

Standing on the same order, Senator Sandy Onor representing cross river central pointed out the crisis in Boki local government of his state has lingered for too long resulting in the loss of lives and property as a result of cult activities.

The Senate however directed the IGP to deploy security operatives to the affected communities in order to prevent future occurrences while urging the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials to the victims.

Meanwhile, Senator Istifanus Gyang has urged the Senate to beef up legislative actions on the rights and access to opportunities for persons living with disability.

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