Northern group submits bill seeking registration of southerners

The group believes southerners are destroying the North with alien vices.

A group known as Concerned Arewa Citizen on Monday submitted a bill to the Kaduna House of Assembly seeking a law for the registration of southerners in Kaduna and other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The Kano-based group stormed the Kaduna Assembly with the Bill and covering letter, jointly signed by its President, Audu Bukarti, and Secretary, Sanusi Sadiq.

It urged the Assembly to pass the bill as quickly as possible.

“No southerner wishing to enter the boundary of the north shall be permitted to do so unless such is duly registered with the appropriate authority.

The group, which had earlier submitted a similar bill to the Kano State Assembly, also wants southerners, either residing or willing to enter the north, to register within 10 days.

According to the group, the law, if passed, would protect Kaduna and the North against terrorism, armed robbery, baby factories, pipeline vandalism , kidnappers and other activities allegedly carried out by southerners.

The group pointed out that the north is suffering from most of the evil vices bedevilling it  because of the haphazard entry and exit of southerners who it said have infiltrated the region.

Part of the bill submitted to the Assembly reads: “This law may be cited as the Kaduna State Registration of Southerners and Allied Matters Law 2014 and shall come into force on August 1st, 2014.

“No southerner wishing to enter the boundary of the north shall be permitted to do so unless such is duly registered with the appropriate authority.

“Every southerner desirous of entering the northern boundaries for the purpose of residence shall give security in such amount as the appropriate authority may be prescribed and shall supply such information as the authority may reasonably require.”

The Speaker of the Kaduna Assembly, Shehu Tahir, who received the letter and the proposed bill, assured the group that the House would look into the matter raised in the bill and do whatever is necessary.

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