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Reps move to stave off Boko Haram attacks

From Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja

The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to tighten security at the National Assembly.

This followed reports that Boko Haram may attack the National Assembly complex.

It mandated its House Committee on Internal Security to verify the reports.

The lawmakers urged the management of the National Assembly to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and modern scanning systems at the gates and other strategic points of the complex.

The House also mandated the National Assembly management to introduce screening and registration and issuance of identity cards to vendors who conduct businesses within the complex.

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The lawmakers adopted the measures following a motion by Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, Shehu Barwa Beji.

The motion, titled: “Calling for the need to urgently overhaul and intensify the National Assembly security system,” was passed by majority of members when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put it to voice vote.

Moving the motion, Beji said: The House notes the recent reportage on Page Three of the Daily Trust of 13 February, 2020, indicating that Boko Haram terrorists may attack the National Assembly, according to intelligence report gathered by the management.

“Recall that barely few months ago, precisely at the tail of Year 2019, the National Assembly complex was attacked by certain resented religious group, culminating in loss of lives and properties.

“Disturbed that from the previous attack under reference, the security apparatus of the National Assembly is obviously below the threshold required for its protection.

“Worried that the degree of insecurity in the country speaks volume of the likelihood of such attack in a greater magnitude if we fail to be proactive.”

The House also urged the National Assembly management to provide more shuttle buses for passengers to decongest the roadsides of the National Assembly.

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