The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, send fighter jets to flush out terrorists in their hideouts.
The call was made on Tuesday during plenary following a point of order raised on the Urgent need for the Federal Government to take drastic actions to bring to an end the act of banditry and kidnapping in the country.
Relying on Orders 41 and 51 of the Senate Rules, Mandiya noted that the act of banditry and kidnapping has become a daily incidence in Katsina with huge consequences of loss of lives, means of livelihood and displacement of communities.
The lawmaker recalled that “on Sunday, 31st January 2022, gunmen struck Ruwan Godiya a Community in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State where 38 members of the community were kidnapped.
He stated that the Federal Government had made a frantic effort in curbing the menace by setting up Operation Sharan Daji and the Inter-Agency Task Force to tackle cases of banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping in Katsina States.
“Worried that the continuous security challenges and related attacks by bandits on towns, villages and communities in Faskari Local Government Area have meted untold hardship on the people and have subjected the affected areas under serious survival threat; and
“Further worried that if this menace is not drastically and promptly addressed, the consequence is going to be huge on food sufficiency since the affected communities are mostly farmers,” Mandiya said.
In his contribution, Senator Abdul Kwari (APC-Kaduna) said “the issue of banditry in this country has assumed a very alarming proportion. The testimonies we have been receiving around the country are really testimonies that should get us moving.
“I’m tempted to ask Mr President, where are the Tucano fighter jets that were recently acquired by the federal government and heavily celebrated by all of us that these bandits have come home to roost.”
“Unfortunately, we are now told that Nigeria will need a second layer of approval for it to use these Tucano fighter jets against these bandits that we have all agreed should be termed, terrorists.”
“The whole nation should rise and get whatever that is needed to be gotten for the use of these fighter jets on these bandits for us to move forward.”
In another contribution, Senator Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya (Katsina Central), faulted the inability of the military to contain the situation despite several calls for it to act.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks, said the repeated cases of kidnappings and killings makes it imperative for the military to “wake up” to protect Nigerians.
He wondered why full-scale action was yet to be carried out by the military in spite of increased funding for security in the 2022 budget by the Executive and National Assembly.
Accordingly, the Senate urged the Security Agencies to comb all known hideouts of the kidnappers in a bid to rescue the Thirty-Eight (38) persons abducted by the gunmen in Ruwan Godiya.
It also called on the Federal Government to send enough military personnel and fighter jets to apprehend the bandits and restore normalcy in the affected areas.