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Senate wants Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Niger without further delay

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The Senate on Wednesday asked Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security without further delay.

The red chamber made the call following a point of order by Senator Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), on the abduction of students and staff of the Government Science Secondary School in Kagara, Niger State in the early hours of Wednesday.

Musa said the terrorist who whisked their victims away were dressed in military uniforms.

He said the actual number of students abducted was not known but that the school had over 1000 students.

The Senator said security agencies had explained that they were on the trail of the criminals.

The Senate demanded the implementation of its ad hoc resolution on security and urged the combined team of military and police to set up an operation to destroy criminal camps across the country.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi, also from Niger State, said the kidnappers and bandits were emboldened by the successes being recorded in the state in recent time as about 100 people had so far been kidnapped in the state.

He said the forest from the FCT which extends to Niger up to Zamfara State was being used by the criminals.

He said the fact that the bandits have invaded Niger State was an indication that the safety of lives and properties of FCT residents is being threatened.

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