The Senate has put its weight behind the idea put forward by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for the army to be deployed on the nation’s roads to stop the growing insecurity.
Senate Vice President Ovie Omo-Agege gave this indication in the chat with the correspondents of the Chamber of Representatives of the House of Representatives in Abuja on Monday and said that if that was what was needed to end the kidnapping and to banditry, deployment would be a good idea.
Recall that the vice president over the weekend, during a condolence visit to the leader of Afenifere, Pa Fasoranti, whose daughter died, said the government would deploy the military on the roads to control the threat.
Omo-Agege said: “Absolutely, on a good day, it is not something that we encourage, because as much as possible it will want to keep the army in the barracks, but due to the demands of the moment, we have no choice but to encourage it.
“Nigerians must be sure of their safety at all times. That is the essence of government as guaranteed by the constitution.
“Therefore, as requested and ordered by the vice president, that we have army security at the checkpoints if that will help prevent this kidnapping and banditry, why not?”
The vice president of the Senate said that the police commissioner of the state of Zamfara must do everything necessary to face the insecurity in the country, since, according to him, everything necessary had been provided for the commando.
He said: “Well, we have taken a position on this, we are not happy like most Nigerians about what is happening in places, especially Zamfara.
“We believe that the head of the security architecture in Zamfara, being the police commissioner, can do more than he has already done.
“We are encouraging them to do so because the President has given them everything they should be given, everything related to the financing received, what has been provided in terms of the acquisition of weapons.” Now they have left to justify the positions they occupy in Zamfara, and other states, of course. “