The Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ovie Omo-Agege, said Monday that the National Assembly is in support of planned deployment of soldiers to secure the nation’s highways against bandits and other criminal elements.
Omo-Agege said this while addressing State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had on Sunday at the residence of Chief Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, revealed that soldiers would be deployed on highways to checkmate the activities of bandits, robbers and kidnappers across the country.
Osinbajo said the federal government would explore all options, including deploying soldiers on the highways, towards addressing the growing cases of security challenges in the country.
Omo-Agege expressed hope that getting soldiers on the highways, when fully operational, would end criminal activities on the roads.
“On a good day, it is not something we will encourage because as much as possible you will want to keep the military in the barracks, but because of the exigencies of the moment we have no choice but to encourage that.
“Nigerians need to be assured of their safety at all times; that is the essence of governance as guaranteed by the Constitution. Therefore, as canvassed and indeed ordered by the Vice President, that we should have the army to provide security at the check points, if that will go a long way to prevent this kidnapping and banditry, why not,” he said.
The senator also stressed the need for the police to do more in addressing the menace of violent crimes in the country.
“Well, we have taken a position on this. We are not happy like most Nigerians about what is going on in places, most especially Zamfara.
“We believe that the head of the security architecture in Zamfara being the commissioner of police can do more than they have already done.
“We are encouraging them to do that, because the President has provided everything that ought to be given to them, everything in terms of funding, in terms of acquisition of weaponry which has been provided for them. It is now left for them to justify the positions they hold in Zamfara, and other states of course,’’ he said.