Reps to Investigate Plateau Killings
By Jonas Ezieke, Abuja
The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to Investigate the incessant and unwarranted killings ongoing in Plateau State particularly communities in Jo’s North, South, Riyom Barkin Ladi and Berom communities of the state.
The House equally asked the Federal Government and relevant security agencies to unmask those behind the killings and also ensure the release of those who were arrested by the Army in the ongoing military operation in those communities.
These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Hon. Edward Pwajok (Plateau,APC) on the matter on the floor of the House.
Pwajok while debating the motion noted the urgent need to Investigate the ongoing wanton killings in Plateau communities particularly in Jos North, South, Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Berom and other communities in Plateau State.
He further noted that the crisis in the state had assumed a very dangerous dimension leading to incessant killings and wanton destruction of properties of citizens of the state.
He express worries on the reported killing of a retired Army Chief of Administration Major-Gen Alkali and the resort by the Army authorities to invasion and ransacking of these communities in search of the missing retiree.
He further expressed worries that over 700,000 Nigerians were reported missing due to the crisis in the state and the ongoing military operation.
However Hon Ali Madaki, (Kano, PDP) spoke against the motion noting that every government has a responsibility to protect its citizens irrespective of their origin, occupation, tribe or religion.
But the Speaker Hon.Yakubu Dogara overuled the lawmaker noting that the investigation is nothing but to unravel the propriety or otherwise of the military action in accordance with relevant laws.
He subsequently put the motion to a voice vote and it was overwhelmingly voted for by the lawmakers.