Nigeria senate at plenary                   Photo: NAN

By Victor Ernest 

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The Senate on Tuesday called on the Nigerian military to deploy helicopters and gunboats in Lagos to assist the Nigerian Police in combating the resurrecting militancy in the state.

The lawmakers’ call was based on the recent militant attack on Ishawo community in Ikorodu, Lagos, on 9 April, where a Nigerian Army captain identified as Muhammed, two other soldiers, four policemen and a civilian lost their lives.

It was also based on the motion moved by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos East) at the plenary on Tuesday.

Call to strengthen task force

The lawmakers unanimously granted the prayers of the motion which urged the Federal Government to direct the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to strengthen the task force already on ground in order to effectively secure all the affected communities.

The motion also urged the army, navy and other security agencies to assist the Nigerian Police in its quest to rid Lagos of criminal syndicates making use of its waterways to perpetuate crime.