Senate requests for Army base in Garkida

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


The Nigerian Senate has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to re-establish a command base in the community and all other major settlements bordering the Sambisa forest.

The senate request came following last weekend’s attacks by insurgents on Garkida town in Adamawa State.

It urged the North East Development Commission, NEDC to immediately embark on rehabilitation of public and religious institutions destroyed by the terrorists and provide assistance to other individuals affected.

The resolution followed a point of order 42 and 52 raised by the Senator representing Adamawa Central, Senator Aisha Dahiru Ahmed Binani (APC Adamawa, on the attack that took place on the 21st February, 2020 in Garkida.

Provide Relief Materials
After listening to her, the Senate urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to urgently assess the extent of damage and provide relief materials immediately to the Garkida community.

On the 21st February, 2020, an insurgent group attacked the good people of Garkida, a peaceful town in Gombi LGA of Adamawa Central Senatorial District.

Senator Aisha said the insurgents in over seven Gun Trucks and many motorcycles attacked the town at about 7pm ( Local time)setting many buildings ablaze.

“Also aware that three soldiers were killed in the dastardly attack, Property worth millions of Naira were burnt or destroyed including: public hospital, schools, Telecommunication facilities, Police station, buses, cars, food stores, private property belonging to the good people of Garkida.

“Worried that the Garkida crises which has led to the destruction of lives and property was planned by the insurgents to have a religious connotation considering that churches and residences of some prominent indigenes were burnt, an act aimed at destroying the foundation of peaceful co-existence among Garkida community and Adamawa state as a whole.

“Further note that, as a result of this, the urgent need to take more drastic actions in the face of such affront on the national security architecture, the region and indeed the entire nation is long overdue.

“Concerned that in view of the enormity of the situation, the Federal Government needs to put more innovative measures in place to frontally confront these challenges,” Aisha said.

Necessary Action
Also contributing, the Senator representing Adamawa South, Binos Dauda Yaroe, said the insecurity especially at the villages was worrying, urging government to take necessary action at stemming it.

Senate president, Ahmad Lawan expressed confidence that if their committee working on various issues of insecurity in the country submit their report this week, it would help in addressing the problems.


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