Worried by the indiscriminate and barbaric killing of over 200 people in Maru and Zurmi local government areas of Zamfara state, the House of Representatives has invited the Minister of Defense, Gen. Aliyu Gusau and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to appear before its committee on security.
The House also directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately deliver relief materials to the distressed citizens of the affected communities.
In a motion under the matters of urgent national importance moved by Rep Ibrahim Shehu Gusau (PDP Zamfara), he noted that on the 3rd April, over 30 people were ambushed and killed in the towns of Yar-Tsaba and Birnin-Tsaba in Zurmi local government.
Similarly, on the 5th April, over 200 innocent citizens were mercilessly killed in Yar-Galadima village by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Gusau, in his lead debate, said the gunmen numbering hundreds operated freely for about four hours shooting at children, traders, vigilante, community leaders and clerics and that within a space of 72 hours, 30 people were killed in Zurmi local government area.
He expressed concerns that the residents of many villages in the affected areas live in persistent fear of being attacked as many have fled their homes as a result of insecurity.
He lamented that the Fulani herdsmen have gradually become more daring, well organized and well armed that no small units of security personnel can repel their attacks when they strike.
“These group of attackers are becoming more coordinated and if not quickly terminated can turn into yet another organized terror group which can pose additional dimension to the security challenges in the country.
“The above gruesome statistics was for Zamfara state alone. Similar incidents have been recurring in Benue and Nasarawa states where several people were killed,” he said.
In another development, the House committee on petroleum downstream said it has uncovered vessel discharge discrepancies of about 27000 metric tonnes of kerosene at the on-going investigative hearing on kerosene subsidy regime.
Chairman of the committee, Rep Dakuku Peterside (APC Rivers), said the document obtained by the committee revealed how a kerosene vessel’s papers indicated to have shipped in 37,000 metric tonnes of DPK, only for the actual discharge volume to be just 10,000 metric tonnes.
The committee directed the PPMC’s contracted cargo inspection company, General Marine and Oil Services Limited (GMO) to furnish the committee with all documents showing similar vessel discharge discrepancy within the 2011-2013 period under investigation.
In his presentation, representatives of GMO, Sam Obasi, told the committee that his company is just one out of the number of vessel surveyors of the PPMC, and has been able to suppritend a total of 106 import vessel within the 2011-2013 period.
Obasi said GMO’s standing contract with PPMC allows them to inspect vessels on only two areas of Lagos offshore and Apapa JT, which resulted to the oversee of 458 trans-shipment of mother vessel to marketers within the said period.
The chairman of the committee also pointed another discovery where instances of Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) importation would at the end revealed that it was actually DPK that was discharged by vessels.
He asked the GMO representatives about the quality differences between ATK, and DPK that necessitated the deliberate misrepresentation of the two products at the inspection point.
Obasi clarified that DPK has more qualitative rich than ATK, and therefore the DPK would be heavier than ATK.
Meanwhile, the committee had warns the agencies that are yet to appear before the committee to do so in their own interest as the investigation continued today.
NNPC’s GMD, PPMC Managing Director, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) as well as Nigerian Maritime administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) were among the agencies that are expected to appear today for their presentation.