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House Of Reps To Probe Killing of Soldiers in Borno
House of Reps Apportions Blame for Death of Soldiers in Borno
The House Of Representatives has on Tuesday November 27, set up an ad-hoc committee to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of soldiers attacked at military bases in Borno state.
The attack happened in Metele village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.
After a motion of urgent public importance was passed during a session at the National House of Assembly,, the committee was set up.
The members of the house deliberated on who was to be blamed for the lapses that led to attack and subsequent death of the soldiers.
Chukwuka Onyema ,the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, sponsored the motion one week after the Senate deliberated on the attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a battalion of Nigerian soldiers in Metele.
“The house also notes that the initial figures of casualty were put at 44.
“But as more details emerge, it is now confirmed that 118 soldiers and officers were killed together with their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ibrahim Sakaba, while about 150 more soldiers and officers are still missing,” Onyema had said.
Edward Pwajok, an APC member from Plateau State, called for the replacement of the service chiefs, adding that the killing of the soldiers in the line of duty was condemnable.
“Whatever pressure you put on this service chiefs, I do not think that anything good can come out of them,” Pwajok said.
“Why can they not be changed? Is there a pact between them and the Commander-in-Chief? Mr Speaker, this is intolerable,” he said.
Aliyu Magaji from Jigawa State also blamed the service chieves for failure to live up to their responsibilities, adding that they resign.
In addition, the House Committee Chairman on Intelligence, Sani Aminu, called for better equipment for the soldiers in the fight against insurgency while Nnenna Elendu-Ujeke called for adequate air support for ground troops and asked the Federal Government to take a cue from other countries that have overcome similar challenges.
According to the House Committee Chairman on Army, Rimamnde Kwewum, there is a need for the security agencies to account for the $1billion that they took.
“There is a need for us to continuously know how much or how the resources they have been given are being applied,” Kwewum informed told his colleagues, he said.
The House, thereafter, resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the attack on the soldiers, directing the committee to probe how all the funds appropriated for the fight against insurgency have been utilised.
The lawmakers urged the Nigerian Army High Command to release the names of the soldiers who lost their lives in the attack, after due consultation with their families.
No timeline was however set for the ad-hoc committee to submit its report.