By Uzair Adam Imam
The House of Representatives decried the incessant security challenge in communities bordering Taraba and Plateau states, urging the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irabor, to begin joint security operations in the areas.
This reportedly followed the adoption of a motion by a member from Taraba State, Abdulsalam Mubarak.
Mubarak raised an urgent need to mitigate the security challenge of banditry and kidnapping in the areas.
He lamented that banditry in the areas had skyrocketed with several reported cases of killings, rape and kidnappings.
However, the House also pleaded with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the North East Development Commission to assess the damage cost by banditry and provide palliative to the victims.
Insecurity is one of the menacing challenges that militate against peace in communities bordering Taraba and Plateau and the entire northeastern and northwestern parts of the country.
Several hundreds of people were reported dead due to the insecurity, with many others kidnapped, raped or displaced.