Reps Urge FG To Disarm Unknown Gunmen In Southeast Before 2023 Elections

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the House of Representatives has urged the federal government to begin the process of disarming all armed groups in the southeastern region of the country before the 2023 general elections.

The lower house also called on the federal government to address some of the underlying factors highlighted as precipitating unrest and violence in the region.

In addition, the Chamber requested the heads of security agencies to adopt early warning and early response mechanisms, and collaborate with focal security agencies in sharing intelligence information.

Likewise, the federal government was urged to intervene in the Anambra state rescue mission by providing financial support and other strategic logistics that would allow them to adequately contain the wave of insecurity in the state.

These resolutions were the result of a motion of urgent public importance submitted by Dozie Nwankwo (APGA, Anambra) on Thursday.

Members of the House of Representatives

Introducing the motion, Mr. Nwankwo said that recent political activities in the region, particularly in Anambra State, have led to an increase in crime in the region.

He blamed power-hungry elites for rising crime in the region, adding that commensurate measures are needed to keep politics conducive enough for citizens to actively participate in all these activities, particularly in the area, without hassle or abuses. fears

The legislator said that between June 2020 and April 2022 some 8,455 lives have been lost in the area.

Nwankwo said that “the recently concluded party primaries further exposed politics to the activities of scoundrels terrorizing the region, striking at will and walking away unchallenged.

“With the elitist yearning for distant political power, security agencies’ poor responses to emergencies become more apparent due to their many challenges,” he said.

He requested support for Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo to address insecurity in the state.

The legislator said that the “worsening integrity and inefficiency of security agencies in the face of a growing tide of banditry, kidnapping, terrorism, cultism, ritual murders and, worse still, political assassinations” has become worrying.

When the motion, which was not submitted for debate, was questioned by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, it was approved.

Worsening of insecurity in the southeast

Over the past two years, the security situation in the southeast has deteriorated, as unknown gunmen allegedly linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network, have been carrying out attacks in the region. .

Several people have been killed under the pretext of enforcing the illegal order to stay home every Monday.

In the state of Anambra, still in the southeast, the decapitated body of a former MP was found on Tuesday after he was kidnapped by armed men.

About a month ago, a lawmaker serving in Anambra was similarly beheaded after he too was kidnapped.

Aside from kidnapping, targeted attacks against security personnel, the security post, and other government agencies have become rampant.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how gunmen kidnapped the traditional ruler of the Isuokoma Autonomous Community in the Onicha Local Government Area of ​​Ebonyi State, Eze Ambrose Ogbu.

However, the resolutions of the National Assembly have not had much effect.

On Wednesday, House Vice President Idris Wase (APC, Plateau) called the House resolutions on insecurity “mere statements”.

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