Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege, has pledged the support of the National Assembly to the deployment of soldiers to secure the nation’s highways against bandits and other forms of criminality.
This was made known by Omo-Agege when he addressed State House correspondents after a closed-door between him and President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, today.
Recall that Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo had promised that soldiers would be deployed on highways to curb the activities of bandits, robbers, and kidnappers across the country.
This he stated when he paid a visit to Chief Reuben Fasoranti whose daughter was recently killed by gunmen.
Osinbajo promised that the FG is working hard to tighten the security in the country.
Omo-Agege expressed the hope that getting soldiers on the highways, when fully operational, would end criminal activities on the roads, NAN reports.
He said: “On a good day, it is not something we will encourage because as much as possible you will want to keep the military in the barracks, but because of the exigencies of the moment we have no choice but to encourage that.
“Nigerians need to be assured of their safety at all times; that is the essence of governance as guaranteed by the Constitution.
“Therefore, as canvassed and indeed ordered by the Vice President, that we should have the army to provide security at the checkpoints if that will go a long way to prevent this kidnapping and banditry, why not”
He further urged the police to do more in handling the issues of insecurity in the country.
He asked the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara to end the activities of bandits in the state in view of the adequate logistics support provided to the command
“Well, we have taken a position on this. We are not happy like most Nigerians about what is going on in places, most especially Zamfara.
“We believe that the head of the security architecture in Zamfara being the commissioner of police can do more than they have already done.
“We are encouraging them to do that, because the President has provided everything that ought to be given to them, everything in terms of funding, in terms of acquisition of weaponry which has been provided for them.
“It is now left for them to justify the positions they hold in Zamfara, and other states of course,’’ he said.