House of Representatives
Nigeria's House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to establish a special taskforce to help end security challenges in the Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Constituency of Borno State.
This was following a motion moved by honorable Ahmed Jaha, where he decried rising killings of peasant farmers in the area.
The motion wa later adopted during plenary on Tuesday.
The House said the taskforce should be given a mandate to protect the lives and property of farmers in the area.
He noted the House cannot afford to overlook the constant attacks on the farmers, adding that the attacks not only result in loss of lives but also severely disrupt food production, leading to food scarcity, increased prices, and economic instability.
Jaha expressed worry that the persistent insecurity in the Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Constituency has created an environment of fear and uncertainty, discouraging farmers from cultivating their lands and leaving their farm produce unharvested.
“Acknowledging the efforts of the security agencies in combating insurgency and terrorism in our constituency, we must recognise that more needs to be done to provide a safe and reliable security environment for our farmers," he added.
“The current security measures have proven inadequate in deterring attacks on innocent farmers, and it is high time we take decisive action to protect their lives and ensure their economic well-being.”
The house further called on security agencies to intensify intelligence gathering and surveillance activities in the constituency to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of attacks on farmers.