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The House of Representatives decided to probe the killings of some 44 soldiers by insurgents at Metele village in Guzamala local government in Borno. The House has set up an ad-hoc committee to unravel the lapses that led to the death of the soldiers.
The committee was set up after the lawmakers deliberated on a motion of urgent public importance during Tuesday’s plenary sitting at the National Assembly in Abuja.
Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Chukwuka Onyema, sponsored the motion one week after the Senate deliberated on the attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a battalion of Nigerian soldiers in Metele.
In his words, Onyema said, “The house also notes that the initial figures of casualty were put at 44.
“But as more details emerge, it is now confirmed that 118 soldiers and officers were killed together with their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ibrahim Sakaba, while about 150 more soldiers and officers are still missing.”
In their various contributions, lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) put their political affiliations aside and discussed who should be held responsible..
The House, thereafter, resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the attack on the soldiers.
It also directed the committee to probe how all the funds appropriated for the fight against insurgency have been utilised.
The lawmakers urged the Nigerian Army High Command to release the names of the soldiers who lost their lives in the attack, after due consultation with their families.
However, no timeline was set for the ad-hoc committee to submit its report.