Reps condemn killings, kidnappings in North West
Members of the House of Representatives have condemned the ceaseless killings, attacks and kidnappings in the North-west region of the country.
This came during the call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s invitation to the lower chamber
One of the members Safana, in a lead debate on the motion, had noted with dismay, the ongoing brutal attacks on Kasai, Alhazawa, Guzurawa, and Gobirawa areas of Katsina State by AK-47 wielding bandits on motor bikes.
He informed the House that his Safana/Batsari Federal Constituency of Katsina State had been under constant attacks in the last 48 hours, with about 12 dead bodies littering the bushes, and many of his constituents displaced.
He expressed worry that the attacks had continued unabated as security agents appeared to be overwhelmed by the attackers, with scores missing while hapless women and children were being kidnapped to undisclosed locations.
“The recent spate of attacks in my constituency has reached an alarming stage, as perpetrators of this dastardly act continuously kill innocent, defenseless persons, setting their homes ablaze, and abducting women to undisclosed locations.”
“The fundamental duty of every government remains the protection of lives and property of its citizens; however, the security agencies appear not to be proactive,” Safana said.
Contributing to the debate, Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Edward Pwajork (APC, Plateau), claimed that “Nigeria is now a failed state,” given the pervasive, rampant killings across the country.
This was just as the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun (APC, Osun), argued that lack of reliable statistics on the killers and their victims had made it difficult to track down the attackers.
Bashir Babale (APC, Kano), regretted that despite controlling top security architecture in the country, the North remains the cauldron of killings and kidnappings for ransom.
For Chika Adamu (APC, Niger), the security agents appear hopeless as “military generals are now afraid to ply the Abuja-Kaduna road,” just as Gabriel Onyewife (PDP, Anambra), blamed the executive for not showing enough will power to confront the security challenges.
Abiante Dagomie (PDP, Rivers) suggested that it was time for the government to tinker with the security architecture, if it hopes to end the rampant killings and kidnappings.