Southern Kaduna killings: Senate summons IGP

THE Senate, on Tuesday, declared its readiness to probe the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, over what it called endless killings in some parts of Southern Kaduna.

The senators, who adopted a motion sponsored by Senator Danjuma La’ah, said it was necessary for the IGP to brief the relevant committees on his plans to end incessant killings in the state.

Senator La’ah had, in his motion, called for the declaration of a state of emergency in Kaduna South, as a result of incessant killings.

La’ah, while drawing the attention of lawmakers to what he called under-reported killings in Kaduna South, said there had been regular attacks by armed herdsmen in the area, adding that the latest occurred on October 16, which, he said, resulted in several deaths, injuries and wanton destruction of properties worth billions of Naira.

He said the armed herdsmen had occupied the displaced communities and were grazing their livestock freely.

According to him, there was a general atmosphere of insecurity in Southern Kaduna senatorial district, while local inhabitants could not access their farmlands and crops which were ready for harvest.

He lamented that efforts by the state government, as well as the Federal Government to restore peace in the area were inadequate to prevent more attacks.

Senator Shehu Sani, who represents Kaduna Central, in his contribution, said the Senate must ensure that peace was restored in Kaduna South.

He said previous attempts by both the federal and state governments to stop the killings did not yield results, adding that the entire area had been under serious attacks.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate rejected the pleas by Senator La’ah to add Southern Kaduna to the just created North East Development Commission (NEDC).

In another development, the Senate, also on Tuesday, condemned acts of hawking and selling the Naira.