By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—House of Representatives, yesterday, resolved to investigate the involvement of the military in the just concluded 2019 general election.
The House also decided to probe incessant killings by armed bandits in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The resolutions followed two separate motions sponsored by Pat Asodu from Enugu State and Yakubu Barde from Kaduna State.
Moving his motion, Asodu told the House that it was against the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution to involve the Nigerian Army in elections.
He also cited various court judgments, which he said outlawed the deployment of the military personnel during elections without recourse to the National Assembly.
To this end, the lawmaker asked the House to set up a high powered adhoc committee to carry out a holistic, detailed, comprehensive and far-reaching investigation of the deployment, uses, misuses and abuses of the soldiers in the 2019 elections and other elections.
He said among others: “The House is convinced that the National Assembly had at no time been consulted for or approved any instrument whatsoever with respect to the deployment of soldiers of Nigerian Anny for the 2019 general elections or for any elections for that matter.
Adopting the motion, the House charged the ad-hoc committee, which is yet to be set up, to make adequate recommendations on the completion of its assignment on the matter and report back to it within four weeks.
Similarly, the House also mandated its relevant committees to carry out a thorough investigation into Kajuru crisis with a view to unraveling the fundamental issues responsible for the unrests and proffer solutions for lasting peace in the local government area.
It also mandated security agents to intensify efforts in stemming the tide of these attacks and killings and ensuring that peace and normalcy return to the area while urging National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to quickly move to the communities with relief materials to alleviate the sufferings of the displaced families.
The directives followed the motion by Barde who represents Chikun/Kajuru federal constituency of Kaduna State.
He told the House in his motion that many lives had been lost due to incessant killings, adding that “despite the outcry of the people, no signincant efforts have been made to bring the situation under control as pockets of killings are still going on in the area.”
It will surprise you to know that up to this moment as I speak no arrest of these killers have been made by the security agents, rather over 50 armless youths and opinion ieaders of Adara extraction are being reminded in prison without due process of the law for over a month now”, Barde who is also the minority whip of the House said.
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