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About 5000 people are said to be homeless while 30 others have been abducted and two killed in the last one week in Niger East Senatorial District.
Senator representing the district at the senate, Senator Muhammed Sani Musa, raised the alarm about what he termed tension and uncertainties in the minds of the people more than ever before.
In a week, armed men in their hundreds unleashed mayhem and terror on citizens in their villages, forcing them to evacuate their homes. He said, at least, two persons have been reportedly killed and over 30 persons have been abducted since the latest attacks.
He also said about 5000 persons have become refugees from over 15 communities in Niger East, as gunmen continue to rain terror on citizens unabated. Within that week, Garin Gabbas and Yakila communities in Rafi Local Government Area, Chukuba and Kuchi communities in Shiroro Local Government Area and Zungeru and Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area were attacked by armed men.
The Senator, while sympathizing with his people, described the last one week as hell on earth for the people of Niger East who can no longer sleep both in the day and night for fear of the unknown.
“They have been rendered helpless even as they continue to starve due to the destruction of their property and inability to engage in what they know how to do best – farming.
“I want to reiterate my stance on the security situation in our dear Niger State, and indeed the north as a whole, that a lasting solution must be proffered, and those who are tasked with the responsibility of protecting the lives of the people must rise to the occasion.
“With the mass abduction of children in Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State and the numerous attacks, kidnapping and massacres suffered by the people of Niger East and elsewhere, there is no doubt that there is no better time to act than now. “Enough of the bloodletting and carnage.
“The lives of innocent citizens cannot continue to be sacrificed on the altar of blood-thirsty vampires who are bent on destroying the peace of our land”, the lawmaker said. He, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put the security operatives on their toes to ensure they live up to their responsibilities of protecting the lives of the citizens.
He said: “If the security agencies in our country cannot guarantee the protection of lives and property of the citizens, then Nigeria may be on the precipice of anarchy.
The Senator stressed that: “I once again lend my voice to the voices of my distinguished colleagues in the Senate and Honourable members of the House of Representatives as well as other meaningful Nigerians to call for the revamp of the security architecture in the country. “Mr President should not hesitate to ensure that is done, and indeed now.”