The House of Representatives ad hoc committee interfacing with security agencies to reduce banditry, assassination, kidnaping and other criminalities in Abia State, says insecurity is threatening the foundation of the region’s existence.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Obi Agocha, made the remark during a meeting with heads of security agencies at the National Assembly.
Mr Agocha said the interface was to address the insecurity that had cast a shadow in Abia State, adding that the committee understood the fact that no single solution could provide a quick result in addressing the menace.
He however said that such challenges required a collective approach with all stakeholders to tackle the menace.
“We recognise that insecurity requires a multi faced approach by requisite stakeholders and relevant agencies.
“Umunneochi a community in Abia State, the epic centre of the battle has a cross boundaries with other states in the South East.
“Most of the non state actors such as IPOB and Eastern Security Network often came to commit crime in that area and disappeared to neighbouring states.
The chairman however expressed his displeasure for the absence of other security agencies that did not attend the interface, adding that the lawmakers would not condone auch attitude.
The security agencies present at the meeting were the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps.
The representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Brig Gen Gabriel Esho, Deputy Director Operations, said there has been a sudden surge in insecurity surged in July across the region.
Oduyemi Odumade, Edited By Grace Namiji
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