Paschal Emeka, Abuja
The House of Representatives has condemned insecurity bedeviling some communities in the Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency of Ogun State, especially Asa, Oju Ogun, Ibeku and Agbon Communities of Egbado North Local Government Area and Kajo, Apata and Agbariod Communities of Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.
In a motion moved by Hon. Olaifa Jimoh Aremu, representing Egbado North/Imeko Afon, Federal Constituency of Ogun State in the House, the lawmaker noted that the country is currently battling with security challenges which have resulted in the loss of lives and properties, thus affecting the socio-economic development of communities in Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
He informed that the recent clash between the people of Asa, Oju Ogun, Ibeku and Agbon Communities of Egbado North Local Government Area and Fulani Herdsmen resulted in the loss of lives and properties as houses, motorcycles and other valuables were destroyed.
He further notes that on January 18, 2022, a similar clash occurred between communities of Kajola, Apata and Agberiodo in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State and the Fulani Herdsmen where lives were lost with properties worth millions also destroyed.
He observed that the Joint Security Forces guarding the communities between Nigeria and the Benin Republic have abandoned their primary duty of protecting lives and properties to go after smugglers, thus killing innocent and law-abiding citizens through stray bullets.
He expressed worry that the recurring killings from stray bullets are becoming too rampant and unacceptable to the communities in Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency.
He called for urgent steps to be taken in order to curtail the situation as it may lead to a war-like atmosphere that may result in further loss of lives and properties.
The House therefore, urges the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently come to the aid of the communities affected by the clashes and also mandate the Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Service and other security agencies to call their men to order and urge them to be more professional when dealing with defenseless Nigerians.
The House directs the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance.