The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari to cease the deliberate Operation Positive Identification (OPI) by the navy.
The resolution adopted a movement of Urgent Public Importance moved by the minority chief, Ndudi Elumelu on the plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila.
OPI is an operation the navy claims would enable Nigerians present documentary proof of identification to separate residents from aliens and to checkmate bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militias and different legal parts within the society.
Elumelu stated described the proposed operation as “infringement on the rights of Nigerians.”
“It shall be an oblique state of emergency if allowed to happen and the Plan contravenes sections Section 217 sub 2(c,d) of the 1999 structure.
“The sections reads: The Federation shall, topic to an Act of the National Assembly made in that behalf, equip and preserve the armed forces as could also be thought-about enough and efficient for the aim of
“(b) sustaining its territorial integrity and securing its borders from violation on land, sea, or air;
“(c) suppressing revolt and appearing in assist of civil authorities to revive order when referred to as upon to take action by the President, however topic to such circumstances as could also be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly; and
“(d) performance such other functions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly.”
Also, the Deputy Minority Leader, Rep. Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu) stated the proposed plan was not inside the mandate of the military.
“It isn’t a part of their mandate, we now have the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and we now have the safety equipment. Unfortunately we now have been beneath siege by Boko Haram.
“They are simply belabouring themselves with jobs that do not concern them. We have to interrogate this through the committee on Army.”
Also supporting the movement, Rep. Ahmadu Jaha (APC-Borno) proposed that the military start offensive assaults “towards Boko Haram and bandits in Northeast and Northwest’.
“From Abuja to Maiduguri is 14hours under normal circumstances; if you ask for identification at every checkpoint, how many days will it take before passengers get to their destination?”
The home unanimously supported the movement. (NAN)