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Security Has Deteriorated In Northeast Under Emergency Rule – Rep
By Amina Salisu, Abuja
A member of the House of Representatives, Abdulrahman Terab, representing Bama/Ngala/Kala Balge federal constituencies of Borno state, has said since that the declaration of a state of emergency in the northeast in 2012, acts of terrorism have deteriorated and that about 80 per cent of such attacks even go reported.
The lawmaker who was addressing newsmen at National Assembly on Monday, said since the declaration of a state of emergency, an estimated 10,000 deaths have been recorded, adding that the situation was progressively worsening.
“Eighty per cent of Boko Haram attacks are not being reported. It is unfortunate that the situation keeps degenerating under the state of emergency,” Terab said.
He urged the federal government to step up efforts in the fight against terrorism and employ new strategies that would restore peace and order to the northeast zone.
The legislator advised the federal government to be guided by international precedents in considering Boko Haram’s request for a prisoner swap deal for the release of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the sect since April in Chibok.
Since their abduction, a lots of efforts have been made to rescue the girls, including collaborations from several foreign countries, but these have yielded little or no results as the girls remain missing after 85 days.
“We have seen prisoners swap between the United States government and the Taliban. If you go down history, there have been lots of swap deal. In the case of Nigeria, it depends on what the government wants to achieve,” Terab said.
He also called for an institutionalised “community police” and the establishment of transition camps to cater for internally displaced persons affected by the Boko Haram-led insurgency.