By: IBRAHIM SHEHU
The House of Representatives has charged the National Security Adviser ( NSA) and other security chiefs to take immediate steps to halt incessant killings, destruction of property and kidnapping by bandits in Ehamufu communities in Enugu East/ Isiuzo Federal Constituency of Enugu State.
The House, while urging the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately provide relief materials to victims, also charged security agencies to unravel those behind criminal activities in the area and bring them to justice.
This was sequel to the adoption of a motion by the member representing the constituency Professor Paul Nmamchi at plenary.
Professor Nmamchi, in his lead debate, said incessant killings and attacks have kept the area under perpetual siege.
“In the last two ears over five hundred innocent lives had been lost in the most vicious way, with several kidnapped and uncounted for, while properties worth billions of Naira damaged”, in the area, which shares boundaries Agala Community in Benue State.
“The prevalence and abhorrent kidnaping of women, including minors by herdsman and bandits in the area are alarming.The bandits are still operating from the forest reserved spanning about 10km where they have converted to their permanent base to perpetuate their heinous crime against these innocent communities, “he stated.
Namchi, who lamented that so far none of the perpetrators of the heinous crimes have been arrested, said survivors have abandoned their farmlands and displaced from their ancestral homes for fear of being killed.
He added that due to the prevailing crises in the area, there exist unprecedented poverty, women/child illiteracy and hunger and within those communities.
The lawmaker, while calling for urgent intervention, expressed concern that the vulnerable, including women and children have become soft targets and at most risk as the socio-economic development, educational and security situation of citizens of the area have come to a halt.
Adopting the motion, the house mandated its committees on National Security and Intelligence, Army, Police affairs and Legislative Compliance to ensure that the relevant officials and agencies comply with the resolution.