Nigerian lawmakers urge govt. to declare emergency in Southern Kaduna


The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to declare security emergency in Southern Kaduna senatorial district following recent attacks allegedly by Fulani herdsmen.

The call followed a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Simon Arabor (PDP-Kaduna) and five others, which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.

Leading debate on the motion, Mr. Arabor noted that since 2011, various communities in Southern Kaduna senatorial district had been consistently attacked allegedly by Fulani terrorists.

He added that the attacks resulted in deaths, injuries, loss of properties and displacement of the communities.

The lawmaker also noted that the suspected Fulani herdsmen had occupied some of the displaced communities.

He therefore urged the federal government to replicate what it did in Zamfara when it declared a security emergency at the wake of similar terrorist attacks, as well as set up a military strike force.

Mr. Arabor said that the attacks on the communities indicated a pattern of deliberate desire to annihilate such communities, decimate their population, occupy their lands and generally create an atmosphere of terror.

The lawmaker, who said that general atmosphere of insecurity pervaded the communities, also alleged that some security personnel were on ground, when the recent attacks took place.

However, Mr. Arabor noted that though the state and federal governments were making efforts to restore peace in the area, the efforts were not enough.

The House urged security agencies to intensify efforts to apprehend and bring to justice all persons involved in the attacks.

The House also called on the federal government to set up a military strike force in the Southern Kaduna senatorial district.



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