OrderPaperToday – The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has mandated the chairman committee on Defence, Abu Kyari, to look into reports of military invasion of some Abuja communities.
Kyari is expected to give a report on the matter on Thursday.
This is coming on the heels of an alarm raised by Senator Philip Aduda, representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, over recent attacks by the military in Tungamaji community, Abuja.
In a point of order on Wednesday during plenary, Mr. Aduda noted that the most recent attack resulted to the death of two residents while several others were injured.
Aduda recalled that he had presented a similar issue before the chamber weeks ago and the matter was referred to the committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions.
He continued: “Just yesterday, I got a call from my constituents in Tungamaji that the military invaded the community and attacked residents.
“I was told that about two people were killed and many injured. As I speak to you, the road towards Suleja, Lokoja, Kaduna is blocked.”
According to the Senator, the cause of the crisis is based on the inability of the residents to show proof of ownership of lands in the community.
He asked the committee on defence to inquire from the chief of army staff the reason “the army is molesting civilians that they are meant to protect.
“I would like us to find out what is going on & why they are doing this. They need to provide an explanation or at least give us feedback on what they are doing.”
His prayer was approved.