Nigeria

House probes leakage of classified security documents

6. The House of Representatives yesterday, approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for ongoing external loans to the tune of $8,325,526,537 (USD) and €490,000,000 (Euros) under the 2018-2020 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated its Committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the leakage of classified security documents to the public and report back within two weeks.

This followed the adoption of a motion on notice moved by Rep Samuel Babatunde Adejare at plenary.

Adejare while moving the motion, expressed concerns over the recurring incidents of leakage of classified security documents to the public through various social media platforms, online/print media and other sources, which he said: “are jeopardizing the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the country.”

He said the leakage of classified security documents and other acts of sabotage were causing failure of intelligence gathering, misunderstanding and lack of cohesion among operatives involved in different operations against insurgency and other acts of terrorism in Nigeria.

Adejare said it was disturbing “that the unfortunate situation is enabling other acts of crimes and criminalities such as jailbreaks, mass abductions, invasion of farms and animal rustling.”

He said, “if such acts of sabotage are left unchecked, they may pose great risks to the lives of security personnel and ultimately imperil the country.”

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