By Umar Salam.
Senator Ibrahim Gobir, representing Sokoto East Senatorial District in the National Assembly has berated the Nigerian military for alleged complacency and abandonment of his people in the fight against banditry.
The lawmaker, who made the allegations on Tuesday while seconding the motion moved by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to the military to flush out bandits from Katsina State, also averred that Nigerian troops were no longer capable of protecting his people.
He said, “There is no protection for my people in the Sokoto East Senatorial District because of the incessant attacks of the bandits.
“At least 300 people have either been killed or kidnapped in the last three months while over 5,780 cows valued at N2.5bn had been stolen.
“We are even appealing to the Federal Government through the Senate for reparation.”
The Senator added that his people were now reliant on troops from the neighbouring Niger Republic to combat the bandits.
“We now rely on the Nigerien Army that is helping us since our Nigerian soldiers have abandoned us.
“When we call the Nigerian Army whose personnel are a few kilometres away, we won’t get an instant response but the Nigerien soldiers, who are in about five kilometers away, will quickly move in and ward off the intruders.
“At the moment, the Nigerians in Sokoto East are relocating to Niger Republic because they are no longer safe in Nigeria”, he lamented.
Meanwhile, the upper legislative chamber in its recommendation, urged the president to include Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states in the military operations against banditry.