Parliamentarian lament killing of 20 Vigilantes, one soldier in Niger
Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria
March 29, 2021
Image courtesy of local sources, fair use. Nigeria’s troops and local bandits continue to wage war as tensions remain high in Nigeria.
The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Sani Musa, has described as callous, barbaric, inhuman, and cruel the recent killings of 20 members of the local vigilante and an army officer in Kontokoro town of Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.
The vigilante members were killed in an attack last Thursday when they were going on a routine patrol, while the bandits reportedly ambushed the military post in the town killing the soldier.
In a condolence message to commiserate with the Niger State Governor, Sani Bello, and the entire people of Niger North Senatorial Zone on Sunday, Musa said all peace-loving people of the state and the country should speak up against the nefarious act.
The senator described the perpetrators of such massacre of the innocent people as enemies of the society who must be apprehended and made to face the law.
According to him, “The action of the bandits has gone to show that the war against these lawless people is far from abating. These bandits are now spreading their dangerous activities to other parts of the state that hitherto have been relatively peaceful.
“All hands should therefore be placed on the deck to check once and for all the shedding of innocent blood in this state and other parts of the country.”
While sympathizing with the state governor and families of those whose loved ones lost their lives in the ugly incident, Musa restated his call on the federal government to improve the security apparatus in the state to make life worth living for the people, stressing that for quite some time now, the people have not been able to carry out their legitimate businesses.
“The solution to this ugly incident is the establishment of military bases in parts of the state so that the security operatives will be in a position to take prompt action against these bandits and other criminal elements in the state
“The time to act is now if we want our local communities to farm since the farming season is fast approaching,” he opined.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of all those that lost their lives and advised the state government to take proactive measures to ameliorate the sufferings their families might be passing through as a result of their demise.