Legislature supports deployment of military on highways

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, says the legislature is in full support of the call for deployment of the military to secure the highways.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after he met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, the Senator said taking such a step will end criminal activities on the nation’s highways.

He said: “Absolutely. On a good day, it is not something we would 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 have the army provide security at the check points, if that will go a long way to prevent this kidnapping and banditry, why not?

He said the Police in Zamfara State need to do more to end the activities of vandals in the State and its environs because they have received the needed support.

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 Mr. President has provided everything that ought to be given to them, everything in terms of funding received, in terms of acquisition of weaponry to that 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.

The Deputy Senate President told Journalists that he was at the State House just to greet the President.