By Christiana Ekpa and Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Senate yesterday asked the Federal Government to come up with with a clear policy on the protection of its citizens especially those in rural areas.
The upper chamber equally called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately send relief materials to affected villages in Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara State where lives were lost in attacks on the village.
Peoples Daily reports that, four villages, namely; Maikamarimi, Gidan Anna, Mallamawa and Tungar Kahau that were burnt to ashes including all their farm produce worth about N385, 000, 000. This followed a motion on “Urgent Need to Look into the Killings and Attacks that took place in Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara” sponsored by Sen. Tijjani Kaura (APC-Zamfara) during Wednesday’s plenary.
“We note with dismay the killings, plunder and arson by armed bandits in four villages of Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, Nov. 17.
He said the unfortunate attack left 23 people dead in Mallamawa and Tungar kahau villages.
“Similarly, four villages, namely; Maikamarimi, Gidan Anna, Mallamawa and Tungar Kahau were burnt to ashes including all their farm produce worth about N385, 000, 000.
Kaura noted that the State Government had over the years put in place a lot of measures to bring an end to the menace but the He called on the need for collaborative effort between Federal and State governments to come up with a definite policy on protecting its citizens especially those living in rural areas.
In his contribution, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu called for the establishment of state police to curb insecurity in the country.
“Indigenes of the state employed as state police will know the terrain where bandits are hiding,” he said.
The president of the senate thereafter said an ad hoc committee would be constituted to deal with the matter.