President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said that the National Assembly would engage security agencies to increase operations in hot-spot areas in Kaduna South Senatorial district to prevent killings of residents.
Mr Lawan gave the assurance in his remarks following a point of order raised by Sen. Danjuma La’ah (PDP – Kaduna South) during Tuesday’s plenary.
Mr La’ah, while coming under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules, lamented the incessant killings of his people in Kaduna South by suspected armed bandits.
“I wish to bring a request before this Senate, that there be incessant killings in Kaduna South, which I’m seeking the help of the Senate to send military men and police to help us overcome the situation in Southern Kaduna.
“It has become a very serious matter that many people are being killed.
“The situation is very embarrassing and I’m pleading with the National Assembly to request the Federal Government to send the Police and armed men to protect the lives of my people and their property.
“It is unbecoming, as this situation has been on for many years and it has got to this point even though I’ve been complaining.
“The situation as at the other time was calmed down, but it has started again, and I pray the National Assembly will help to provide military men to help the situation,” the lawmaker said.
The Senate President in his response, expressed the willingness of the National Assembly to engage security agencies with a view to upscaling operations around areas prone to attacks in Southern Kaduna.
“I will suggest that we talk to the security agencies to upscale their activities around those hot spots in Kaduna, and this is something that we owe the Nigerian people,” Mr Lawan said.
Meanwhile, the Senate President on Tuesday referred President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the confirmation John U. Usanga (Akwa Ibom) and retired Air Commodore Peter Ndabake Gana (Niger) as Non-Career Ambassadors to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening.
Also referred was the nomination of Prof. Umar Danbatta for reappointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to the Senate Committee on Communications.
The confirmation request of Barr. Ben Umeano (Anambra – South East); Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo – South South); and Olayinka Babatunde Balogun (Ogun – South West) as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, was also referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
The Committees are expected to turn in their reports in two weeks.
It also considered five bills for first reading.
The bills included: Open Distance Learning Bill by Sen. Abudullahi Sabi (APC Niger), National School Feeding Establishment Bill, 2020 sponsored by Sen. Uche Ekwunife (PDP Anambra), Labour Act Amemdment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Onyewuchi Francis (APC Imo), among others.