The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, to crackdown on the activities of armed robbers operating within Katsina, Zamfara and other neighbouring states.
The lawmakers further called on the police boss to carry out a holistic operation in collaboration with police commands of the affected states in order to salvage the continuous loss of lives and destruction of property within the region.
It also urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to urgently provide relief materials to victims, so as to ameliorate their sufferings.
This followed a motion moved by Ahmed Dayyabu Safana (APC, Katsina) titled: ‘Urgent need for federal government’s intervention in the continuous loss of lives and destruction of properties within Safana/ Batsari/Dan Musa Federal Constituency of Katsina State due to the activities of Armed Robbers.’
In his submission, Safana noted with dismay the continuous and sustained attack on the community by armed robbers, bandits and invaders, lamenting that it has become a daily occurrence.
The lawmaker observed that the magnitude of the mayhem being unleashed by these men of the underworld on the native of those areas had assumed a dangerous trend, as the hoodlums kill and dispossess victims of their property, as well as maim their wives and daughters in their presence.
He expressed concern that across the various wards of his constituency, enormous casualties had been recorded, including over 283 lives; 10,000 cows; 30,000 sheep/ram and 20,000 goats killed, while over 9,000 persons had been adversely affected economically.
Safana said as a result of the incessant robbery attacks, some of the inhabitants of these areas are now taking refuge in nearby bushes and trees for fear of recurrent attacks by these criminal elements who carry out these atrocities with impunity.
He said despite the persistent cries from the natives, nothing has been done by the federal government to contain these heinous crimes against the people of the area.
The House member lamented that these incessant and gruesome attacks had brought the economic and commercial activities of these areas to a halt.

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