The Nigerian Senate has argued over security issues facing northern states and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to expand his mandate to expel the insurgents in Katsina state and other affected states such as Zamfara and Kaduna and Niger and Sokoto.
The request was initiated by Senator Sabiu Yau of Niger State, with Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir backing the request and approved by the House.
Some lawmakers from the states said the bandits would flee Katsina and return to hide across the border.
A senator from Sokoto of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Nigerian army of failing and now relying on Niger’s military.
Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir said: “There is no day when we are not attacked. Either the animals are stolen or your crops are destroyed.
There is no one to protect us. So we heavily rely on Niger’s military because the Nigerian military is not that reliable.
However, the spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu, said the complaints of the parliamentarians came to the fore as there was a plan by the Nigerian Army in Operation Accord.
Conflict watchdog International Crisis Group says more than 8000 people have been killed and more than 200,000 have been displaced following clashes and attacks in northwestern Nigeria over the past 10 years.
Also on Monday, gunmen attacked some villages in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing 10 people.