The Senate has summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant- General Tukur Buratai, the Director General, Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, and the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it next week Wednesday over the repeated killings in Birnin-Bwari, Kaduna State.
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, announced this yesterday, following a point of Order raised by Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central. Appealing to the conscience of the Senate on the killings in Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna State, Senator Sani said: “On and on, people are being killed and farmers are relocating to the cities due to fear for their lives.”
Sani said, “I will say again that there is the need by the Federal Government to take Birnin Gwari as seriously as other parts of Nigeria. It is very clear that the people have been crying and raising issues but nobody is listening. Birnin Gwari has gradually become the Sambisa Forest of the North West region in Nigeria.”
President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, decried the killings in Birnin Gwari and other parts of the country.
Saraki said that the security chiefs were invited to brief the lawmakers on their efforts to check the growing insecurity in that part of the country.
He said, “This is a matter that is very serious. It is a case where we have in our society people being killed daily and kidnapped in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, particularly the events of last week where many were killed. Doing nothing does not give hope to our people. We must continue to be seen to be addressing these concerns.
“I will want to suggest that next week and on this particular issue as well, we do get a briefing from the state security, the military and the police. I don’t think any of us have any objection to that. If there is none, I will rule on it, that we direct these three agencies, next week, to come and brief us on this.”