Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
House of Representatives yesterday urged the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to investigate separate recent killings reported in Plateau, Delta and Kaduna states. The resolution followed separate motions moved by Ossai Nicholas Ossai (Delta/ PDP); Shehu Nicholas Garba (Kaduna/PDP) and Gyang Istifanus Dung (Plateau/PDP). Leading debates, Ossai reported the killing of two indigenes of Ogume and Afor communities in Delta State on June 15 by suspected herdsmen. He demanded that the culprits be brought to book.
According to Ossai, the attack which led to the killing of the two farmers also recorded infliction of gunshot injuries on 10 other persons. Ossai said that prior to the attack, a meeting was held between the communities and herdsmen where the herdsmen were urged to herd their cattle toward areas not cultivated. “Rather than comply with the request, the herdsmen, on that faithful day, ambushed and brutally murdered the two indigenes and inflicted injuries on 10 others while they were on their way to their respective farms.
“It’s is disturbing that these people who have gone to increase their family income through farming were killed in the process,” Ossai said. On the Kaduna June 16 attacks, Shehu reported at Wednesday’s plenary that “unknown gunmen” killed and injured15 people. Istafanus said the Plateau attacks was recorded in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state. He called on the federal government to treat the incident as a terrorist act and the casualties, “victims of terror”.
The Kaduna lawmaker called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assist the affected community with relief materials. He also urged the Special Task-force (STF) to intensify security operations in crisisprone Nassarawa, Plateau and Kaduna states.