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APC govt committed to Buhari’s December deadline against terrorists – Lawan

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government is working to degrade terrorists and other criminals by December.

Lawan gave the assurance on Friday while declaring open a National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Insecurity.

The dialogue was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Lawan praised the Nigerian military for neutralising terrorists in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara and other states.

He assured that the National Assembly would continue to support the government’s efforts to tackle insecurity through laws and budgetary allocations.

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“The president gave a marching order to the armed forces to extinguish bandits, kidnappers and other criminal agents by December.

“This administration is committed to achieving this set target”, the Yobe North Senator asserted

The lawmaker said legislature was aware that anti-corruption laws would stop illicit financial flows which terrorist sponsors use to fund insurgency.

Lawan recalled that the 8th Assembly passed the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill, which saved the country from expulsion by the Egmont Group.

He said the 9th Assembly is collaborating security and law enforcement agencies to further strengthen their capacity against enemies of the state.

Lawan added that the legislature passed bills to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and the proceeds of crime.

“These three bills are in tandem with this administration’s commitment to fight corruption and curb insurgency.”

The Senate President admitted that the spate of insecurity was scaring foreign, local investors and had deprived Nigeria of additional direct investments.