House of Reps approve Army’s Operation Positive Identification

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the commencement of the Operation Positive Identification by the Nigerian Army.

The followed consideration of the report by the Abdulrasak Namdas- led Committee on Army.

Namdas, while presenting the report, moved for the consideration of the report of the Committee on Army on the Operation Positive Identification and approve the recommendations.

The operation, which had been widely criticised, was put on hold by a High Court in Lagos had put it on hold.

But the Minority Leader of the House, Rep Ndudi Elemelu, coming under order 6(1) kicked against the consideration of the report saying his constituency is against it.

Meanwhile,the house of Representatives gave a nod for the commencement of the Operation, the Reps agreed that the Army should regularly brief the Committee on Army led by Mr Abdurazak Namdas, for proper assessment of the exercise

In general, the House resolved, “That the Army can continue with the OPI but in collaboration with other relevant security agencies such as the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Police Force, who should take the lead in the identification process.

“That a joint intelligence and monitoring team should be set up by the agencies involved in order to checkmate possible abuse of the exercise, such as extortion and assault on the people.

“That the Army should regularly brief the Committee on Army for proper assessment of the exercise.

“That the Nigerian Army should disengage from the areas they have successfully completed operations and allow the Police to consolidate on the gains.

“That serious and urgent attention should be given to the police in the area of training and retraining so as to equip them to curtail future insurrection or violence that may occur.”

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