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Senate invite Communications Minister over insecurity

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The Senate has directed its Committee on Legislative Compliance and Communications to summon the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami over implementing reforms on security. 

The Senate deemed it necessary over the rising spate of insecurity in the country. 

While speaking during the session, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha representing Taraba South said that insecurity had reached a melting point. 

He said there is a suspicion that those meant to protect Nigerians are conniving with criminals to perpetrate these evil acts. 

He highlighted the death of Nasarawa’s APC Chairman and a Chinese national who was kidnapped.

“The assassination of Nasarawa State APC Chairman and other high-profile cases are still fresh in our memories. “A Chinese national was recently abducted in my community. His whereabouts is still unknown. “There is growing suspicion of the complicity of officials of state saddled with the responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of the citizens, but compromised in the process.

“This is heightened by the arrest of several security operatives involved in armed robbery and kidnapping activities across the country. 

“It is only in Nigeria that communication facilities can be used without a biometric process; no valid identification of passport details (in the case of foreigners) in place to check abuse.

 “Bandits, terrorists negotiate for ransom using telephones and getting away with it. How can we be so negligent and insensitive to the safety and security of citizens?

“Senate is concerned that the confidence between the protected and the protector is being increasingly eroded resulting to the breakdown of law and order as demonstrated in the #EndSARS protest, which was subsequently hijacked by miscreants.

 “Further notes that political permutations across the landscape is attracting politicians to recruit criminals for the purpose of destabilising the corporate existence of Nigeria.

 “These evil intents can be easily achieved given the poor control over communication facilities viz the inability of our security apparatus and service providers to effectively manage this all-important sector.”

“It is only in Nigeria that communication facilities can be used without a biometric process; no valid identification of passport details (in the case of foreigners) in place to check abuse.

“Bandits, terrorists negotiate for ransom using telephones and getting away with it. How can we be so negligent and insensitive to the safety and security of citizens?

“Senate is concerned that the confidence between the protected and the protector is being increasingly eroded resulting to the breakdown of law and order as demonstrated in the #EndSARS protest, which was subsequently hijacked by miscreants.

“Further notes that political permutations across the landscape is attracting politicians to recruit criminals for the purpose of destabilising the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“These evil intents can be easily achieved given the poor control over communication facilities viz the inability of our security apparatus and service providers to effectively manage this all-important sector.”

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