The House of Representatives has urged the National Security Adviser to declare the killings in Plateau state a national emergency.
The call was necessitated by a motion of urgent public importance sponsored during plenary by Rep. Danchung Bagos, member representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau State.
Raising the motion, Rep. Bagos noted that the recent terrorist attacks on the People of Mangu Local Government and neighboring Communities have left more than 300 persons dead and others seriously injured, properties destroyed and over 18, 000 people displaced at different IDP camps within the Local Government Area.
He expressed worries that the continuous attacks by the terrorist groups in the communities, if not addressed immediately will lead to low farming yield, which will worsen the existing food uncertainty in the
Contributing to the debate on the floor, members urged the security operatives to provide aerial surveillance and support to flush out the terrorist and destroy their camps to avoid reoccurrence and allow innocent farmers to return to their farms and ancestral homes.
The House unanimously adopted the motion and urge the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to direct the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to immediately provide relief materials to the victims of the attacked in communities within Mangu Local Government Area.
The House also mandated the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Defence, Army, Air Force, Police and Legislative Compliance (when constituted) to ensure compliance and report weekly until the insecurity is under control