Security: It Is Time To Seek Help From Other Countries- Ekweremadu

The Senate on Tuesday has mandated its Ad hoc Committee on Review of Security Infrastructure in the Country to investigate the killings in Nasarawa state.

The resolutions followed a Point-of-Order raised at plenary by Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, who represents Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

“Throughout the weekend and up to this moment, herdsmen have unleashed mayhem on the people of the senatorial district, leaving many dead bodies, numerous wounded persons and hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS).

“Their victims are largely the Tiv-speaking ethnic nationalities with a reported death toll of 32 persons.’’

Adokwe, who is Chairman, Committee on Information, said the real tragedy in the situation was not “in the well-coordinated and simultaneous carnage across Awe, Obi, Keana and Doma Local Government Areas of south senatorial district.

“The tragedy lies from the fact that for four days running, this mayhem continued unhindered, unchecked, unstopped by any arm of the law and security enforcement agencies.”

He expressed sadness that in Nigeria, with all the security forces, a whole senatorial district would go on being punished by militia and no action was taken by the government.

“This is a sad commentary. It was even with impunity that we woke up on Monday to see that the entire city of Abuja was under siege.

“This country is gradually falling into anarchy and we need to wake up to our responsibilities.

“It is no wonder that very eminent Nigerian citizens have urged Nigerians to defend themselves because their lives are in their own hands and no longer in the hands of the Nigerian security forces.

“I am very emotional on this matter and I am not one given to emotion very easily, but what I have gone through this weekend is very horrifying; it is very distressing and sad.

“It is as if we are in a lawless society where life is brutish, where there is absence of state powers. We call on the Federal Government to stop this carnage,” he said.

Seconding the point-of-order, Sen. Barnabas Gemade (APC-Benue) said “this country is becoming a state without control; it is becoming a state that is experiencing anarchy.

“It is a state in which we have seen ethnic cleansing and when statements like this are made by very senior nationalists, many people try to trivialise it.

“It is a shame that a sitting government could watch criminality go to the level that we have seen it today rather than rise up and take very decisive steps against it.

“We embark on deniability and simply shield this evil by just explaining with flimsy excuses that these are communal clashes in those communities.

“Indeed, the carnage in Nasarawa South affects mainly people of my ethnic group, who are in large population in Nasarawa.

“It is the same kind of killing that is going on Goma, Logo and Gwer West Local Government Areas in Benue.

“And, it is the same kind of killing we are witnessing in Wukari and Takum Local Governments. It is targeted at a particular ethnic nationality, which is my own people,” Gemade lamented.

He urged his colleagues to support the motion whole-heartedly with ideas on how they could deal with the issues.

The motion was unanimously adopted and the ad hoc committee was mandated to immediately investigate the killings.

In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, who presided at the plenary, said “as we have pointed out, the primary purpose of government anywhere in the world is the preservation of the lives of citizens.

“If citizens are being killed, we owe the responsibility as a parliament to give it the desired attention, and we will never stop talking about these killings.

“Unless it stops, we will never be tired of speaking about it,” Ekweremadu said.

He said it was time to seek help from other countries as some of the lawmakers had suggested.

“We should not be ashamed to ask for help. President Muhammadu Buhari met with the UK Prime Minister and she was of the opinion that Britain would help us security wise.

“We are representatives of the people. If they kill everybody, we will have nobody to represent; we will have no job. So, security is more important than any other thing that we do here.

“If it gets to a level where we have to shut down this National Assembly and sit down with the Executive for as long as it lasts to resolve the problem, we may have to do that.

“We must have a country before we can talk about elections,” Ekweremadu said.


Senate Wants Service Chiefs Sacked As Herdsmen Kill 78 And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

Angered by seeing the seemingly intractable killings across the country, senators yesterday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately dismiss the heads of security as well as service chiefs.  According to THE GUARDIAN, THE NATION, NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, NEW TELEGRAM, DAILY INDEPENDENT and DAILY SUN, the lawmakers called on the president to accept an offer of security assistance made to him by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May on Monday.  Debating a motion under matters of urgent public importance, sponsored by Senator Suleiman Adokwe(PDP, Nasarawa State) on the renewed killings by herdsmen and criminal militia groups, the lawmakers noted that government’s inability to tackle unending killings in the country was endangering the nation’s democracy.

THE PUNCH moves from a different angle but still on the security crises by revealing Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu saying the Senate might have to shut down the N’Assembly to help Buhari end killings while also noting that if the insecurity in the country persisted all efforts by the Federal Government to direct investments into the country would fail. Ekweremadu said this while he presided over the plenary on Tuesday, spoke while ruling on a motion moved by Senator Suleiman Adokwe.

Moving away from the security crises in the country Former military President  Ibrahim Babangida has disclosed why he wouldn’t write his autobiography. While speaking in an interview on Channels Television programme ‘Roadmap 2019’, THE VANGURAD reports that the former leader doubts that Nigerians will find his book interesting and inspiring because he felt Nigerian have a wrong impression of some of his actions in office between 1985 and 1993 when he served as Military President, citing the annulled June 12, 1993 elections.

Finally on BUSINESS DAY   Anheuser-Busch In-Bev (AB InBev), the world’s largest beer maker has fired the first shot in the triangular beer war between it and the other two beer giants (Nigerian Breweries and Guinness Nigeria), with the launch of its premium brand, Budweiser into the Nigerian market on Sunday.

Herdsmen Were Trained By Late Gadaffi

President, Muhammadu Buhari has revealed while speaking to the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London that killer herdsmen that have infiltrated some parts of the country were trained by the late Libya leader,  Muammar Gadaffi.

Buhari lamented that “irresponsible politics” had been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and that justice would be done to all concerned.

Buhari, who received the Archbishop on Wednesday said “The problem (herdsmen) is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya.

“When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions,” he said.

Buhari also explained to Welby why he declared his intentions to run for another term in office, saying that”I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice.

“We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”

The President recounted some successes of the administration to his guest, with whom he has built a deep friendship in recent times, and was quite particular about strides in agriculture.

“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the President said.

On the war against insurgency, he stressed the need for continuous education of the people, “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” adding that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the President said:

“We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organizations. There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.”

Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, “whom I have tremendous respect for,” adding: “You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech. We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you.”

The Archbishop presented President Buhari with a copy of his recent book, ‘Re-imagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.’


President Buhari Orders Prosecution of Herdsmen With Illegal Arms

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has ordered  security operatives to arrest and prosecute anyone found with illegal arms in the country.

This is an action taken to cub the killings of innocent citizens by suspected herdsmen in the country. Buhari ordered during his one-day working visit to Lafia, Nasarawa state to commission projects executed by Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura that “all attacks by suspected herdsmen will no longer be tolerated in north central and elsewhere in Nigeria.”

Buhari stated that his administration was doing everything possible within its capacity to ensure the security of lives and property in the north central and the country at large. “We have deployed special resources to all affected areas to ensure peace and safety of lives. I therefore appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from reprisal attack as the government is on top of the situation.”

He said his administration would stop at nothing to deliver its change mandate to the electorate in the fight against corruption, insecurity and employment generation for the teaming youths.

“I, therefore, condole with those affected by this barbaric act of killings,” he said.


Herdsmen Attack In Benue State, 15 Feared Dead

About 15 persons have been reportedly killed in fresh crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Turan communities in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State.

Report says that 2 bodies has been recovered from the incident so far, from the affected communities.

However, the renewed crisis has led to the disappearance of many persons, while several houses, huts and farmlands have also been razed in the besieged communities. According to a local in one of the affected communities, the crisis erupted early Sunday morning when suspected armed herdsmen invaded Ikyoawen, where four persons were reportedly killed and houses razed.

The local said: “After that attack, they moved into Nzaav and Alaba in Yaav council ward, where over 11 persons were hacked to death and several houses burnt down by the herdsmen.

“Though the affected communities have been deserted, we are still searching in the bushes for many missing persons, including women and children.

“We also realised that the attackers have occupied the sacked communities without resistance. As we speak, several of the houses are still on fire.”

Reacting, the National Coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Alhaji Garus Gololo, said he was not aware of the presence of herdsmen in the affected communities. According to Gololo,

“if anything is happening there, it would certainly be the handiwork of criminal elements, who are bent on frustrating the efforts of the government to ensure peaceful co-existence in the state.” When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attack noted that two deaths were recorded. Yamu said:

“We heard that Alaba and Mande Ordue communities in Yaav council ward of Kwande council were under attack by suspected herdsmen.

“Mobile policemen have been deployed to the area as two persons, including 65-year-old Keemo Anumen and 46-year-old Tervershima Dado, have so far been confirmed dead and their corpses deposited at the NKST morgue in Jato Aka.”



Source: Naij