The Senate has started probing the worsening security situation in the country, following the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the North-East.
At Wednesday’s plenary, it set up an Ad Hoc Committee to that effect, following the adoption of a motion on “The Worrisome State of Security in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states” sponsored by the APC Senator Mohammed Ndume (APC-Borno) during plenary.
He, however commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the fight against insurgency in the North-East with the relocation of the Armed Forces Command to Borno and raised concerns that in 2017, the level of attack by insurgents had escalated to a worrisome level.
“So far this the year, more than 357 civilians have been killed during attacks in the North-East, The cases of suicide bombing in Borno, and, recently, in Mubi, in Adamawa that killed 50 people and wounded several others have continue to escalate,’’ he said.
Ndume said that 14.8 million people were affected by the crisis adding that the estimated cost of destruction was put at over N2.75 trillion.
“Its on record that 85 per cent of the destruction is in Borno; up to 1.8 million people are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) out of which more than 80 per cent are living in host communities,’’ he said.