Ndubuisi Orji and Fred Itua, Abuja
The House of Representatives has resolved to probe incessant attacks and killings in Kajuru, Kaduna State.
Consequently, the House, at yesterday’s plenary, mandated its relevant committees to undertake the investigation, in order to unravel the remote cause or causes crises in the area.
While condemning the killings in the areas, the House charged security agencies to intensify efforts to ensure that peace and normalcy returns to Kajuru.
Besides, the Green Chamber directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to communities affected by the security crisis.
These followed the adoption of a motion by Yakubu Barde on the deplorable security situation in the area.
Barde, in his lead debate, said security situation in the area has assumed a dangerous dimension as killings have become a daily affair in Kajuru.
He said between February and March this year, over 100 people have died in the area while property worth several millions of naira have been destroyed, with several families displaced from their homes.
According to the lawmaker, “despite the outcry of the people, no significant efforts have been made to bring the situation under control as pockets of killings are still going on in the area. It would surprise you know that, up to this moment, as I speak, no arrest of these killers have been made by the security agents.
Rather, over 59 harmless youths and opinion leaders of Adara extraction are being remanded in prison; without due process of the law, for over a month now.”
In his contribution, Nicholas Sarkin-Noman, who decried the situation, appealed to the House to step into the issue, before the Eighth National Assembly winds up.
Elsewhere, victims of the killings at Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, took their demands to the streets of Abuja, where they called on the Federal Government to intervene in the affected areas.
Speaking, yesterday Convener of the protest, Mr. Williams Abba, said it was aimed at telling the world about insecurity in Kaduna.
They put the death toll at 130.
“Insecurity in Kaduna state is alarming. Everyday, we wake up to people being killed in their sleep. We felt that coming to the nation’s capital, to make a statement about the challenges going on in the southern part of Kaduna and the threat to lives there would make a difference,” Abba said.
He added that over 130 people have, so far, been confirmed dead in Kajuru alone.
It was a reckless statement of a top government official, that about 66 Fulani had been killed that triggered the killings in the Kajuru, said Abba and added that a lot of killings of natives are going on and an unbiased handling of the situation is expected of government.
“We cannot remain silent in the face of these gruesome killings,” he further told newsmen and also, reiterated his call on government, at state and federal levels, to muster the political will and halt the incursion of non-state actors.