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Federal lawmaker raises alarm as Boko Haram members takeover Plateau forests

Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, a member of the House of Representatives, has raised an alarm over the influx of suspected Boko Haram terrorists from the northeast region into some forests in Plateau State.

Gagdi, the chairman of the Committee on Navy, disclosed this in a motion of urgent public importance he moved on the floor of the House.

“Kanam’s forest has now become a haven for bandits and Boko Haram terrorists as a result of influxes from other states that are affected by banditry and Boko Haram activities,” Gagdi said.

He said the presence of terrorists on the plateau is fueling the insecurity in Plateau State.

Gagdi said the recent killing of APC publicity secretary Sylvanus Namang in Pankshin LGA, testified to the level of deterioration in security across Plateau.

“The lifeless body of a former member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Sunday Muchen, whom we have served together, was found in Bokkos Forest in Plateau State,” he added.

The House urged the Chief of Defence Staff to establish two military bases in Kanam, one each in Gun-Gagdi and Garga, respectively.

They lower legislative chamber also called on the Inspector-General of Police and the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to deploy additional personnel to the affected areas in Gun-Gagdi, Garga, Pankshin, and Kanke.

The House also urged the director of the Department of State Security (DSS) to conduct a security operation in the area to flush out bandits and Boko Haram members.

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