Panic in National Assembly over worsening insecurity in Abuja

The National Assembly (NASS) has expressed fears over the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, particularly the recent attacks by terrorists on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

POLITICS NIGERIA learned that there is also panic among Abuja residents about the possibility of more attacks by terrorists in the capital city.

This newspaper had reported how troops of the 7 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army Presidential Guards Brigade were last month ambushed around Bwari Area Council of Abuja by terrorists suspected to be Boko Haram members.

The incident left eight soldiers killed and three personnel wounded.

The attack came a few weeks after terrorists invaded the Kuje prison in Abuja and freed hundreds of inmates, including Boko Haram suspects.

One of the terrorists in a video threatened that his group would abduct President Muhammadu Buhari and some other governors in the country.

Following the worsening insecurity, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, summoned the security chiefs to a marathon meeting where he labelled the situation as the “most frightening.”

Also at the meeting, the lawmakers advised the security chiefs on how better to protect the FCT and the country generally.

Speaking before the security meeting went into a closed-door session, Lawan stated that the green chamber had hoped the security situation would have been better by now.

Lawan counseled the law enforcement agencies to perform better and protect the rural populace.

“This session is to look into where we are today and this current position where we are is most frightening. This is like there is nowhere to go,” the Senate President said.

“We have to review what more we have to do and what differently we have to do.”

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