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Killings: Senate to provide special funds for Security Agencies

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The Senate President , Bukola Saraki has disclosed what was discussed behind closed doors with Security Chief during Wednesday’s executive session on the floor of the red chamber.

The meeting held by the Senate with Security Chiefs to address the proliferation of dangerous firearms and the spate of killings by terrorists in the country has now come to an end.

Saraki said funding challenges confronting security agencies were among the issues discussed at the meeting on Wednesday which lasted nearly four hours.

According to him, both parties have now resolved that special funding for security agencies has become necessary and the agencies will bring the request for the special funding in the next two weeks.

“On the whole, we decided directly that on our part, certain outstanding bills or protocols that needed to be given a fast track, be addressed immediately to see that they can be passed as soon as possible in order to strengthen security architecture.

This special funding which is expected to come as a supplementary budget is separate from the one billion dollar request by President Buhari for security.

In attendance were the Chief of Defence Staff , Abayomi Olonisakin who led the delegation and the Director General of Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.

The Senate had last Wednesday invited the Security Chiefs to brief lawmakers on the alarming security situation in the country.

They (Senators) also invited the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali,to proffer solutions over the proliferation of dangerous firearms in Nigeria.

“Secondly, of course, we all observed the funding issue and also agreed that there.

“So we gave them two weeks to present their own budget on this area of special funding that we think will go a long way to improve the security situation in the country.” the Senate President said.

While noting that issue of coordination among the security agencies is a great concern, Saraki said the Senate we’ll be looking on how to strengthen that aspect of insecurity through constitutional law passage.

”By and large, we are all committed to ensure that these unfortunate trend of killings are brought to end. We all agreed to continue to work very closely and cooperate in order to address this issue and we are confident that changes will be seen in this area.

“We have our role to play and they are committed to play their own role and we hope that over the next couple of weeks, we will begin to take action on some of these things that we are committed to.”

Subsequently, the lawmakers mandated the Senate Committee on Intelligence and National Security to conduct a thorough investigation, with a view to unravelling the remote and immediate causes of the proliferation of firearms in the country as well as proffer a lasting solution to the problem.