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Some lawmakers representing various constituencies in the Lagos State House of Assembly have again appealed to the Federal Government and the National Assembly to allow states have their own police commands .
They said the appeal was sequel to the recent resurgence of clashes in Southern Kaduna, in Kaduna State.
The lawmakers, in separate interviews, said that the NASS should enact a law that would allow states to have their own police force so that they would be able to quell such ugly developments before they spread.
This would put a stop to the mindless killings of innocent citizens as experienced in Kaduna State in recent months, they said.
They said that security challenges would remain a threat to the survival and unity of the country until states get their own police commands.
The Chairman, LAHA’s Committee on Public Accounts, Mr. Bisi Yusuff, said, “It is unreasonable to kill any human being under any disguise. I am not happy with the current killings in Southern part of Kaduna State.
“State police is definitely the answer to this development. The total number of policemen in the country is not enough to protect the country’s current population.
“What is the population of Nigeria, over 170 million, and what is the numerical strength of our police force that is employed to take care of them.
“No matter how benevolent the government of a country may be, when security is not put in proper perspective, there will be problems and the government will be handicapped on what it wants to do.
“I am not saying our governments are not trying, but they should increase the tempo. I heard that they recently employed 10,000 policemen, but will that solve any problem.
“The Federal Government in additional to the 10,000 police officers it recently recruited should allow each state of the federation to have its own police force.”
Yusuff, representing Alimosho Constituency 1 at the Assembly, urged the fighting factions in Southern Kaduna to sheath their swords and embrace peace.
He said, “Killing of human beings, under whichever guise, is ungodly. I don’t see why we should be killing ourselves.’’
He debunked insinuations that the Federal and the Kaduna State Governments were silent on the issue.
The lawmaker said that the both tiers of government might be working at the background which might not be known to the public.
The Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Abiodun Tobun, said, “The killing in Kaduna State is not reasonable.
“The killing is repugnant, if people can hide under the guise of religion to kill, one wonders the kind of people they are. Killing under religious guise is totally condemnable.
“Sincerely, we need state police to mitigate all these irrational killings and shedding of blood.”
Tobun advised both the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to improve on their strategies aimed at ending the orgy.
Similarly, the Chairman, House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. David Setonji, also condemned the spate of killings in parts of the country.
Setonji urged Federal Government to stop all criminal activities by allowing each state to have its police.
Suspected gunmen had severally attacked some communities in Southern Kaduna populated mainly by Christians.
This had led to the death of many while some others sustained injuries.
A leader in the area, Mr. Emmanuel Adamu, had told journalists in Sanga that the attacks were carried out in Anikpon village in Nandu and Kabamu Village in Fadan-Karachi.
Last May, seven people were killed when gunmen attacked a police outpost at Fadan Karshi.
The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan at a joint news conference alleged that the latest attacks in the area claimed 808 lives, with 57 injured in 53 villages.
The Vicar-General of the Diocese, Very Rev Fr Ibrahim Yukubu, said that the recent attacks affected four local government areas were: 1,422 houses, 16 churches, 19 shops and one primary school were destroyed.
The national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria had to direct churches across the country to observe Sunday, January 8, as a day of prayer and mourning over the killings in Southern Kaduna.
Several Christians across the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State complied by dressing in black attires and offered prayers that God should intervene in the ongoing killings.