Reps summon COAS, IGP over Southern Kaduna crisis

The House of Representatives has called for the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura, over crisis rocking the Kaura Federal Constituency of Southern Kaduna.

Following the adoption of a motion  sponsored by Gideon Gwani.

Criticizing the attacks on innocent Nigerians including women and children, the lawmakers adviced President Muhammadu Buhari to ordered the Armed Forces and the Police to deal decisively with the culprits of the attacks, be more proactive in identifying the exact areas from where the unidentified gunmen launch their attacks from.

In his lead debate, the lawmaker stated that attacks between January 6-9,  at Tachirak, Adu and Tsonje villages of Kagoro town in Kaura Federal Constituency of Southern Kaduna  led to the death of 13  people.

He said despite the 24-hour curfew imposed on the area and the presence of men of the Armed Forces and the Police, gunmen have continued to attack villages and unleash mayhem, while the security personnel deployed remained in the township.

Taking a similar position, Baballe Bashir asked Speaker Yakubu Dogara how his meeting went with President Muhammadu Buhari, following the mandate from the House.

The lawmaker who said he read of the outcome of the meeting in the newspaper as part of a report on the Speaker’s welcome address to the House on resumption from the Christmas break, further emphasised that it was time for the current leaders of the country to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

In his response, the speaker described as satisfactory, President Buhari’s explanation on the action taken by the Federal Government to deal with those carrying out the killing.

Dogara however said that the House would be compelled to seek explanation from heads of security agencies if the crisis continues.

Though a date has not been fixed for the closed door session with heads of security agencies, the House in the meantime, mandated its Committees on Army, Air Force, Police Affairs, Interior and Internal Security and Intelligence to analyse the situation and proffer solutions to the security challenges in the area.

The joint committee is expected to report back within four weeks.

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