OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has warned the Nigerian Army to stay away from a disputed land until a thorough investigation is done.
The Senate had earlier this year issued similar directive to the army, but the Army has refused to heed the directive.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives reached a resolution on the matter following a motion of urgent public importance moved by Micah Jiba (PDP, Abuja).
In the motion, Jiba accused the army of incessant attack on the inhabitants of Abuja which has resulted in the death of one man and injuries to 27 others.
He noted that the attacks are coming despite a resolution of the Senate to that effect amidst claim by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) that the army was not given the said land.
Jiba expressed concern at the “incessant harassment, brutality, intimidation and forceful acquisition of our land by Nigerian Army which led to the killing of one Hamza Usman and 27 other inhabitants sustaining various degrees of injury in the process.”
He disclosed that “an ad-hoc committee was set up by the Senate of the Federal Republic to conduct a hearing on the matter in order to ascertain the remote causes of the dispute FCT Inhabitants and the Nigerian Army,
“On 29th April 2019 during the public hearing by the Senate, the stakeholders including the FCT minister, the Nigerian Armed Forces, office of the NSA, Inspector General of Police. DG SSS, Human Right Commission and the natives of FCT were all at the hearing.
“Presentation were made by all stakeholders invited and the FCT Minister through the Permanent Secretary reaffirmed to the Committee that the said land was never allocated to the Nigerian Army nor is their proposed facilities captured in the Abuja master plan and that there is no document in the FCT or archive bearing same.
“The resolutions reached by the ad-hoc Committee chaired by Senator Abubakar Kyari, states dearly that the Nigerian Army should keep off activities on the land and FCT natives put on hold in their protests pending the outcome of the Committee’s findings.”
He explained further that the resolution of the committee set up by President Muhamadu Buhari, chaired by Abba Kyari, the Chief of staff to the President also had similar resolution.
The lawmaker representing AMAC/Bwari federal constituency also said that the army, despite the resolution is still developing the said land and even issued quite notice to the inhabitants.
The House consequently resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to investigate the dispute, and the committee is to report back to the house in one week.
However, the House has already adjourned till 17th of September to observe its annual vacation.