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Bring Perpetrators of Kaduna killings to Justice, Senate tasks Security Operatives

Today, the Nigerian Senate, called on security agencies to investigate the cause of the killings in Kaduna State and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The decision was taken following a Point of Order moved by Senator Sulaiman Hunkuyi on the killings in the State, which he described as “inhuman, unmindful and unnecessary.” Hunkuyi also stated that the perpetrators carrying out the killings needed to be tackled.

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani, said: “We are deeply concerned. There is a need for community and religious leaders to come together to discuss solutions.”

“Life is given by God and there is no reason why it should be taken by man. We cannot continue to just observe this, something must be done,” said Senator Danjuma Laah, the Senator representing Kaduna South.

Speaking on the resolution, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said: “The contributions from Distinguished Senators show clearly that a major cause of this impunity is the fact that no one is being sanctioned. As a Senate, we need to come together to discuss this in a manner that is non-partisan.”

Saraki also said: “It is the lack of cooperation, collaboration and implementation of resolutions at the level of the security agencies. Therefore, let us bring together the Chairmen of the important Committee and have an executive session to put forward our observations and recommendations.

“There, we will discuss the things that need to happen and the implementation of the conclusions reached at the summit. At the end of the day, it will still come down to the Executive arm of the Federal Government, therefore, let us seek a session with the executive arm of government to discuss some of these our recommendations and observations.”

The Senate President then directed the Leader of the House, and the Chairmen of the Committees on Security, Defence and Police to fix a date to meet with the Executive.

The Senate also resolved to:

i. Pay a special condolence visit to the Governor and people of Kaduna State, particularly Kasuwan Magani and other affected areas;

ii. Call on the Kaduna State Government and the Federal Government to quicken the process of the release of the paramount ruler, Maiwada Galadima;

iii. Observe a minute silence for the repose of souls lost in the crisis; and urge Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to step in and assist those who have been affected, especially those who have to go out on a daily basis to survive;

iv. Urge the relevant security agencies to investigate the cause of the incident and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice; and

v. Commend the security agencies for the prompt manner in which they responded to the matter without allowing the situation to escalate.