Kaduna Killings: Senate blasts El-Rufai over negligence

The Senate has condemned in strongest term the wanton killings of innocent Nigerian in Kaduna State as it alleged that the heinous acts are being perpetrated due to government negligence and conspiracy by the elites This is sequel to a motion moved by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna South) who came under issues of national importance to pointedly accuse the state governor of alleged complicity in the ongoing killings in Kasua Mageni in Chikun Local Government Area of the state and the need for the legislature to act fast to put an end to the massacre. Contributing to Hunkuyi’s motion, which was seconded by Senator Ahmed Mohammed (APC Adamawa South), Senator Danjuma La’ah (PDP Kaduna South), opined that it was wrong for el-Rufai to have travelled outside the country without informing the Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex, and the state House of Assembly. “The Governor of the state, el-Rufai to a large extent, contributed to the cause of the ongoing mayhem in the state. “First, he travelled outside the state and the country without informing or transferring responsibility of governance to his deputy or even the State Assembly and secondly, he rushed back home and started making pronouncements that are further fueling the killings by making reference to none compensation of victims of the 2011 mayhem as cause of the ongoing killings. Senator Philio Gyunka (APC Adamawa South), on his part, alleged that coincidence of Governor El-rufai’s journey outside the country and breakout of the wanton killings in a situation where nobody was in charge of affairs of the state, indicated a calculated collaboration. He wondered why Kaduna State has remained a boiling point over the years despite having heavy presence of security establishments like the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, and many police formations. “Having all these high powered security establishments in the state without helping in stemming the tide of incessant mayhem, clearly shows that intelligence gathering and applications, are lacking on their part coupled with lack of findings on the part of government on illegal weapons being imported into the country “, he added. Meanwhile, the Kaduna State government yesterday reduced the total restriction of movement imposed on Kaduna town and environs to dust-to-dawn curfew. A statement issued by Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said that from today residents of Kaduna are free to pursue their legitimate businesses from 6am to 5pm, while the period of curfew would be from 5pm to 6am daily until further notice.