SENATE CALLS FOR STATE POLICE- Ada Nkong

Citing the increasing insecurity in the country, the Senate yesterday, reiterated its call for the establishment of state police if the problem must be nipped in the bud, while condemning the killings nationwide. To tackle the unfortunate occurrences, particularly in Zamfara State, the Senate resolved to set aside N10billion in the 2019 budget as  intervention fund to address the problem of insecurity in the state and cater for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, and other person’s affected by the activities of armed bandits in the state. It also called on the Federal Government to set up an ad-hoc committee to be known as Presidential Initiative on Zamfara State, PIZAMS, with a 10-year life span to manage the said fund and subsequent allocations. This is coming on a day, 33 persons were killed in three local government areas of Katsina State, 11 of  them, armed bandits. This came as the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, met yesterday, to fashion out ways the Federal Government can tackle the rising insecurity in the country. Spokesman of ACF, Muhammed Biu, who confirmed the meeting , said that members were deeply concerned over rising insecurity in parts of the North and had taken time  to fashion out an agenda to help checkmate the trend. Also, Sultan of Sokoto  pledged to galvanize Northern traditional rulers to support the Police in fighting armed banditry and other crimes in the country. Similarly, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has called on the Adara and Fulani communities in Kajuru in the state to resist the temptation of retaliation against each other, saying it was not a solution to  resolving their differences. However,  elder statesmen, Balarabe Musa, ABC Nwosu and Chekwas Okorie, said that the killings in the country were avoidable, noting that government has not done enough to check the development.

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