House Urges Security Agencies To End Kaduna Attacks
Seeks release of kidnapped broadcaster SAN FRANCISCO, March 18, (THEWILL) - The House of Representatives Tuesday urged the security agencies to intensify efforts to arrest the suspected gun men who consistently attacked villages in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The House gave the advice after a motion of urgent national importance brought by Hon.
Gideon Gwani representing Kaura federal constituency of Kaduna State was adopted.
The legislators also mandated the committee on national security and public safety to investigate the matter and report to the House in two weeks.
While leading debate on the motion, Gwani had in the motion cited the provisions of section 14 (2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, which states that 'the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government'.
According to him, since 2011, various communities in Kaura federal constituency have been targets of attacks by armed gunmen causing deaths, injuries and destructions.
He expressed worry that 'just recently a family of seven people was murdered in their house on the 1st February, 2014 with houses and property destroyed with assorted grains of food stolen.
Again on the night of Friday 14th March, 2014 to the early hours of Saturday 15th March, 2014 a massacre took place in Bondon village of Moro' leaving 123 people dead including children, women, men, aged, physically challenged people and many injured with over 240 buildings destroyed and assorted grains of food with other valuable items stolen'.
He expressed displeasure that in spite of the attention of government and security agencies this carnage has continued without intervention, therefore.
The motion was not debated but Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal called for a minute silence for the repose of the souls of the deceased victims of the attacks.
Meanwhile, member of the House of Representatives, Hon.
Kingsley Chinda, representing Obi/ Akpor federal constituency of Rivers state Tuesday condemned last week's kidnap of an ace radio broadcaster, Anthony Atakakpo, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The broadcaster, otherwise known as Akas Baba, was reportedly kidnapped on Thursday, March 13 by unknown gunmen.
The lawmaker in a statement in Abuja said the ace broadcaster's kidnap came to him as a rude shock, saying the incident "has clearly left Mr Akas' family, friends, colleagues, associates, fans and several well-meaning Nigerians in great trauma.
" He called on "the Nigeria Police and other relevant security operatives in Rivers State to do everything possible to quickly secure unconditional release of the broadcaster from the kidnappers' den.
" "I hereby for myself, my family and the people of Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Rivers State join several well-meaning individuals to unconditionally condemn the sad, unconscionable, inhuman and devilish act.
"Whilst I am worried that his health may degenerate if he does not get access to urgent medical care as a result of the gunshot wound he sustained, I wish to add however that I am optimistic that the Police, State Security Services alongside other security agencies are capable of securing the release of 'Akas Baba,' but in the instant case, time is of essence," he said.