SENATE TO INVESTIGATE KILLINGS IN ZAMFARA STATE
The Nigeria Senate today raised a motion for an urgent need to look into the killings that took place in Zurmi L.G.A of Zamfara state. The motion Sponsored by Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura from Zamfara admitted the cross border banditry has brought Nigeria’s frail Security system to the like light having triggered an orgy of violence in Zamfara State which left 39 People dead in Zurmi LGA on Wednesday 14th February 2018. The Senate regrets that despite the notice and warnings to the Law Enforcement agencies on the impending attack by the Zamfara State Government 24hours before the attack no precaution was taken to avert the unfortunate event. The Senate is aware that Zamfara State Government has over the years taken a lot of measures to bring an end to the Menace Including but not limited to providing logistics to Security agencies as well as engaging the bandit on dialogue with a promise of laying down their arms to be reintegrated back into the society.
The Senate is concerned about hundreds of lives that have been lost to such attacks in the state over the last four years, the latest attacks have caused fears across the State especially in the rural communities who have had similar experiences in the past and are helpless.
The Senate resolves to observe a minute silence for the dead victims of these horrendous attacks, then urge the Federal Government to direct the Nigeria Air Force to use air surveillance to identify the location of the armed bandits within the sparse forest and flush them out, also the Federal Government to mount diplomatic pressure on Niger Republic and Chad to forestall criminals from using their territories to launch attack on Nigeria, the state government to upgrade, recruit and generously fund State and local vigilance teams with the aim of improving security in the affected areas, and finally call on National Emergency Management Authority to immediately send relief materials to the affected area in Zurmi L.G.A of Zamfara State.