The Nigerian House of Representatives has directed the Military Authorities to henceforth stop keeping commuters overnight on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
The directive came three days after scores of commuters were killed at Auno village, along the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road in the North-East part of the country, where security forces have been battling Boko Haram insurgents for years.
In a motion under matters of urgent public importance unanimously adopted at plenary, Muhammad Tahir Munguno, expressed concern that given the security situation in the area, commuters ought to have been allowed to continue on their journey.
Mr. Monguno noted that “Due to the security challenges in the North-East, commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road are compelled to suspend their journeys once it is 6:00 pm.
As a result of this policy, on the 9th of this month, Boko Haram attacked commuters at Auno, three Kilometers from Maiduguri, in which 18 vehicles were burnt and 30 people killed, while occupants of two buses were kidnapped.”
State of Emergency
The House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, suggested declaring a State of Emergency on security so as to end the insecurity that is embarrassing the country.
Mr. Elumelu expressed worry over the spate of attacks on innocent Nigerians and stressed the need for a change in the military hierarchy.
“It is very bad that every now and then we keep on coming here to discuss on the same subject matter. I think it is high time a State of Emergency be declared in the security sector. That would help us to solve some of these problems which are bad and pathetic.” Mr. Elumelu argued.
The House had of last week met with the Service Chiefs, following a motion condemning the increase in insecurity in the country.