The House of Representatives on Tuesday, condemned and resolved to investigate the incessant attacks and killings by bandits in the Kajuru area of Kaduna State.
This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent national importance, moved at plenary by Yakubu Barde, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Kaduna south.
Barde stated that the recent activities of the bandits had taken a strange dimension, becoming a major concern to the various communities in kajuru area.
He said between February and March, over hundreds of lives had been lost, with properties worth millions of naira destroyed, as well as several families displaced and rendered homeless.
The legislator expressed worry that the killings had become a daily activity.
He said despite the cry of the people, no significant effort had been made to bring the situation under control, adding that pockets of killings were still going on in the area.
“It will surprise you to know that up to this moment as I speak, no arrest of these killers has been made by the security agents.
“Rather, over 59 armless youths and opinion leaders of Adara extraction are being remanded in prison without due process of the law for over a month now,” Barde lamented.
Contributing to the motion, Nicholas Sarkin-Noma, also of the PDP from Kaduna, stated that the killings had resulted in impunity by the government and security agencies, saying the government needed to be proactive about it.
He appealed to the House to look into the issue as the 8th National Assembly is winding up.
Consequently, the house mandated security agencies to intensify efforts in stemming the tide of the attacks and killings.
It further called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to quickly supply affected communities with relief materials to alleviate the suffering of the displaced families.
The house also mandated its relevant committees to carry out thorough investigation on the crisis, to unravel the fundamental issues responsible for the unrest and proffer solution for lasting peace.