Yakubu Dogara – Nigeria is now in a state of emergency
Yakubu Dogara expressed his concerns over the Armed Forces being deployed in over 28 Nigerian states, in peacetime. The speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara declared that the country is now in a permanent state of emergency.
According to Dogara, it is worrisome that the duties of the police are now being carried out by the Army.
The speaker made his comments during an interactive session organized by the lower chamber in conjunction with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) on Monday, July 3, The Cable reports.
Dogara noted that the Army has now become the ‘’civil authority itself”, instead of aiding civil authorities as it’s supposed to.
The speaker cited Section 217 of the constitution which cited the functions of the Army.
He stated: “It is worrisome that Nigeria is effectively permanently in a state of emergency as the armed forces are deployed in more than 28 states of the federation in peacetime.
“The armed forces have virtually taken over routine police work in Nigeria. It is no longer acting in aid of civil authorities but has become the civil authority itself.
“Section 217 of the constitution spells out the duties and responsibilities of the armed forces of Nigeria, which includes – defending Nigeria from external aggression, maintaining Nigeria’s territorial integrity and securing our borders from violation from land, sea or air – suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the president.”
He said: “Related to the constitutional powers of the national assembly to appropriate funds and thereby allocate funds for security is the power to ensure that such monies or funds appropriated are used in a transparent and accountable manner and for the purpose for which they have been given.”
The speaker gave the assurance that the national assembly would ensure that funds meant for security purposes would be spent judiciously.