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Summit canvasses increased funding for military, police • El-Rufai in closed-door meeting with security chiefs, monarchs

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The Senate has vowed to give all necessary legislative backing to the executive to tackle insecurity with every means, including the deployment of special drones and sourcing funds outside the budget.It also disclosed that it would support the executive’s plan to launch the national emergency centre with specific numbers.

The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, spoke yesterday after the debate on the urgent need for security agencies to intervene in the increased rate of kidnapping in the riverine areas of Ogun East Senatorial District and securing the waterways. Senator Ramoni Mustapha (Ogun East) moved the motion. After the debate on the motion, Lawan shared his experience, in the last one month while holding regular meetings with security agencies, ministers and a host of others.

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“I have said it here that no amount of resources would be too much for combating insecurity because we need to secure our people; we need to secure this country,” he said. The senators resolved to tell the executive to direct the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to instruct Ogun State Commissioner of Police to beef up the strength of his men to effectively secure the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the North East Security Summit (NESS) has called for increased funding for the military and police to overcome security challenges.The decade-long Boko Haram terrorism has claimed many lives and property with the displacement of over 7.7 million people in the North East.

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