Southern Kaduna Killings: NASS Caucus Calls For Prosecution Of Attackers

By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

The Southern Kaduna Caucus in the House of Representatives has called for the immediate arrest, investigation, prosecution and conviction of the attackers.

The lawmakers made the call during a press briefing at the National Assembly Complex.

According to the press statement jointly signed by Hon Gideon Lucas Gwani (Kaura Federal Constituency); Hon Shehu Nicholas Garba (Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency); Hon Mukhtar Chawai Zakari (Kaura Federal Constituency); Hon Gabriel Salah Sick (Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency) and Hon Amos Gwamna Magaji ( Zango Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency).

While speaking on the persistent gruesome killings of natives, residents and citizens of southern Kaduna, they condemned the armed attacks and killings of the people of Southern Kaduna by the armed militia groups or any group whatsoever no matter their motive.

They also admonished all their constituents to be law abiding even in the challenging times. “As elected representatives, we are the voice of all these categories of people, regardless of their ethnic group in the National Assembly. It is on their behalf that we condemn the raiding, killings, kidnappings of our people. These actions are unconstitutional, criminal, inhuman and highly condemnable. Therefore, it is necessary for all hands to be on deck to checkmate this ugly scourge within the ambits of the rule of law.

“We also use this opportunity to commensurate and express our condolence to all who have lost their loved ones and properties as a result of the attacks. It is our prayer that the Almighty God, who created Heavens and the Earth, will comfort the bereaved and help us as a nation to bring the perpetrators of this evil to justice and to end these unnecessary killings.

“The Right to Life of every Citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a constitutionally guaranteed right as encapsulated in Section 33(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and it provides ‘every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a Court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.”

They added; “The implication is that under the laws of our nation and indeed of all civilized nations, extra-judicial killings on any ground whatsoever is not just abominable, it is evil, unconstitutional, inhuman and a heinous crime. The Killings of the people of Southern Kaduna or anybody at all in Nigeria is highly condemnable and must be brought to an end.

They further lamented that the people of Southern Kaduna have become preys in their fatherland, as they are consistently been invaded, slaughtered in cold blood, raped, killed and their properties destroyed and pillaged in public glare with little success in investigating and apprehending the perpetrators of the said attacks.

“As representatives of the people, we have identified herdsmen and farmer clashes, forceful land grabbing by non-natives of southern Kaduna, reprisal attacks, banditry and criminality as some of the major causes of the killings and hostilities in Southern Kaduna.

“These problems can only be solved if the rule of law is allowed to take its full course. Rule of Law entails adherence to the principles of supremacy of the law over all citizens and subjects in Nigeria, equality of all citizens and subjects before the law. While we note that these attacks are deeply rooted and multifaceted in nature, the failure to investigate, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators has continued to embolden the attackers.”

They reiterated that as representatives of the people of Southern Kaduna, the life of every citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, regardless of ethnic, religious or ideological differences must be protected as required under Section 14(2)(b) CFRN 1999(as amended).

They continued; “The Federal Government as well as the State Government have both made efforts in the past to stem this ugly tide. Such efforts must be increased, it must be people centred, it must be more transparent and effective. The People of Southern Kaduna should be vigilant and law abiding and avoid taking laws into their hands, regardless of any provocation. They should cooperate with law enforcement officers and report these miscreants when necessary.

“We call for the arrest, investigation, prosecution and conviction where necessary of these attackers so that they can desist from unleashing mayhem on the people of Southern Kaduna.”

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