Senate To Quiz National Security Adviser Over Zamfara Killings
Losing lives is increasingly becoming a norm in Nigeria and it is spreading from the northeast to the north-central and north-western regions.
Troops have been deployed, with several operations launched. One of them is the operation Cat Race ('Ayem Akpatuma') but the killings have not stopped.
The Senate was shocked on Thursday, when Senator Kabir Marafa said about 80 persons have been killed in Zamfara State in the past one week.
Different figures have been in the news in the past one week, with many reports saying bandits (the new name given to the killers) carried out the attacks. They were previously referred to as herdsmen.
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The Senate now wants to question the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Mohammed Monguno, on this issue. He will meet with the Senate on Thursday.
In Gidan-Labbo village in Gidan-Goga district of Maradun Local Government Area of the state unidentified bandits on May 25 attacked people of the village at Malikawa Forest.
The victims were clearing their farm lands to prepare for this year’s rainy season when they were shot.
“Thus, when people of the area went to get the corpses for burial, the gunmen started shooting sporadically and they killed about 25 persons,” another report quoted a villager whose name was not released as saying.
"Responding to the issue raised, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said: "It is my intention to lead a delegation of our colleagues.
"We have been saying it for a while, it is something that we need to really take a closer look and see what we can do to really address it.
"One of the presentations we heard, in some of the other states a lot of people are coming right from the forests.
"We must address the issue in Zamfara State and see what we can do to help both humanitarian support and security support".
At the scheduled meeting with the National Security Adviser, the Senate will "have to opportunity to question him over the killings.
"The NSA will be briefing us, we have an opportunity to find out whether there is any way we can address this terrible situation in Zamfara State," Saraki added.
Killings have continued despite the destruction of 5,870 illegal arms recovered in the state few days ago.