Kaduna Killings: Senate summons DSS, Military, Police for briefing

Soldiers at checkpoint
Soldiers at checkpoint

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday summoned the State Security Service, military as well as the police for a briefing next week over the killings last week in Kaduna State.

Representatives of the security agencies are to give the lawmakers updates on the killings in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State as well as measures taken to beef up security in the state.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, gave the summon at plenary.

The summon was sequel to a point of order raised by Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) who decried the continued killings despite the visits of security chiefs to the area.

He complained that just two days ago, about 87 people were kidnapped along Birnin-Gwari/Kaduna road. And a week before then, tens of people we massacred in Gwaska village in the same local government, he said.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the Gwaska killings which have been condemned by many Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“Before then, we have had series of attacks and invasion of villages and towns in the same local government. Months ago, about 11 soldiers were killed by bandits and criminal gangs in Birnin-Gwari,” he said.

While he thanked the United Nations for their moral interventions in bringing to global spotlight the situations in Birnin-Gwari, he stressed that there is a need for the federal government to take Birnin-Gwari as serious as other parts of Nigeria.

“Birnin-Gwari, parts of Zamfara and Niger states are becoming the Sambisa of the north-west. People are killed everyday. People are kidnapped everyday. Villages have been raided and razed by bandits. Farmers have chosen to abandon their farms and move to cities,” Mr Sani said.

“They live in a period of daily mourning and daily funeral services. The violence have been going on. The visits by army and security chiefs have not changed anything. Condemnations and condolences have been the order of the day.

“It is remotely located. The media are not there to report and there are no people to protest,” he added.

Mr Sani’s point of order came barely hours after the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, flagged-off a two Battalion Forward Operation Base (FOB) at the troubled Birnin-Gwari.

The FOB was tagged Operation ‘Idon Raini’ at Kanfanin Doka village, the proposed site.

Mr Buratai had charged the soldiers to get the killers in the troubled area within three weeks as he said he required resounding results, such that will finally bring the criminals to their knees.

In his remark, Mr Saraki described the killings as a very serious matter as he called the state security, the military and police for a briefing.

“This is a very serious matter. Us doing nothing does not give hope to our people. We must continue to be seen to be addressing these concerns. I suggest we invite the State Security, the military and the police to brief us on this matter next week.”

The Senate unanimously agreed to invite the security agencies.

Birnin Gwari has been witnessing insecurity that has claimed lives of soldiers, police officers and civilians.

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