House of Representatives moves to save Plateau State

OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has called on security agencies to investigate the crisis currently rocking the northern parts of Plateau State, and demanded for an end to the indiscriminate arrests of civilians by the Nigerian Army.

The House also condemned, in the strongest terms, the  criminal attacks in the northern parts of Plateau State, particularly, which has led to wanton killings and the disappearance of many citizens.

The resolution emanated from a matter of urgent public importance co-sponsored by Mr. Istifanus Gyang (PDP) and Mr. Edward Pwajok Gyang (APC), both from Plateau State.

Leading the debate on the motion, Mr. Edward Pwajok said: “The crisis has assumed the dimension of violent attacks, some of them serially, in the same communities, leading to the loss of lives, properties, forceful occupation of ancestral lands and displacement of thousands of citizens, many who are still housed in Internally Displaced Persons camps in the State.”

The lawmaker also noted that personnel from the Police and Army make up part of the casualties, mentioning that the immediate past Chief of Administration of the Nigeria Army, Rtd. Major General Idris Alkali, has not been seen since the 3rd of September, 2018 on his way to Bauchi from Abuja, thus necessitating a rigorous search by the Army.

Also debating on the matter, Istifanus Gyang expressed worry that the Army is working with internally received intelligence, narrowing the search down to a pond in Daura – Du where many items were recovered including some belonging to the missing Army General.

Speaking against the motion, Mr. Ali Madaki (PDP, Kano) moved for a point of order requesting the movers of the motion to delete the prayer seeking to remove the Army from the investigation.

He asked: “If an Army Officer was killed…you stand here to say the army should not be part of the investigation because of tribe and religion?”

Supporting Madaki’s position, Mr. Nasir Ahmad (APC, Kano) said, “the army must be involved in the investigation because one of their Officers is a victim.”

Ali Madaki’s proposed amendment was adopted, reading that “the federal government use Police, Department of State Security and the Army to conduct an investigation and prosecute crimes by citizens.”

The motion was unanimously adopted when Speaker Yakubu Dogara put the question and it was referred to the committees on Army, Defence, Police and Human Rights to ensure compliance and report back within two weeks.

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