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Reps urge Jonathan to restore mobile services

10 July 2013, 11:05

Abuja - The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to restore cell phone services in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa, to facilitate communications between residents and security agencies.

The house said restoring the service would also enable the circulation of useful security information to fight insurgency in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 26 students and a teacher of Government Secondary School, Mamudo, in Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe, were shot dead by gunmen on July 6.

The house commiserated with the parents and families of the deceased and also observed a minute silence for the repose of the departed souls.

The resolution came from a motion moved by Rep. Ali Yakubu (PDP-Yobe) which was unanimously adopted.

According to Yakubu, the gruesome killings of innocent students is preceded by similar incessant killings in Damaturu and Maiduguri.

He said that residents of the states affected by emergency rule were unable to report suspicious movements and useful information to security agents.

He said that the Mamudo attack was carried out at night during the curfew period between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m, thus rendering the victims helpless in the hands of their attackers.

The legislator stressed that the inhuman and barbaric attacks on the students was capable of destroying the future of a generation of the country.

Yakubu, however, commended the efforts of the security personnel working under the emergency rule, urging them to intensify surveillance and monitoring activities.

Meanwhile, the house has directed the Chief Whip and Deputy Leader, Reps Ishaka Bawa and Leo Ogor, to expedite action on the settlement of the crisis between Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and the Commissioner of Police in the state.

NAN recalls that the house had on July 3, mandated the Committee on Police Affairs to liaise with the Inspector-General of Police, the Police Service Commission and Rivers Government to intervene.

The Deputy Speaker of the house, Emeka Ihedioha, who presided over the plenary session, said that the current democratic project was hard earned.

This directive followed a motion moved by Rep. Andrew Uchendu (PDP-Rivers), which was unanimously adopted.

Uchendu said that democracy was being threatened by the activities of the police, hoodlums and ex-militants in Rivers.

"This morning I regret to inform the house that some militants invaded the House of Assembly to prevent the house from sitting," he said.

He said that in spite of the problem, the house still went ahead to sit with injuries and blood stain on their dresses.

The lawmaker urged the house to ensure that the special committee set up to look into the matter hastened up its assignment to resolve the situation.

The committee is expected to report back to the house on July 16.

 - NAN


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