by on May 29, 2019
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Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Philip Gyunka, on Monday asked the Federal Government to establish a military base along Garaku-Akwanga road to help tackle incessant attacks along the road.

Gyunka (Nasarawa north) said that establishment of a military base on the road will also help to curb increased cases of kidnapping in the area.

The lawmaker made the appeal after visiting Akwanga General Hospital to commiserate with victims of a fresh attack in Numa-Choku, a community in Akwanga Local Government.

A pregnant woman and several others were said to have been killed by herdsmen at a naming ceremony on April 14 in Numa-Chuka community, 10 kilometers from Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

He noted the high spate of criminal activities in the area had not only claimed lives but has put fear in residents, motorists and people doing business in the area.

The establishment of military base, he said, would go a long way in curbing the menace and giving people the confidence to go about their daily activities freely.

According to him: Last week Wednesday, I raised a motion on the herdsmen killing of our people in three villages, Mante, Nindan and Katanza.

Herdsmen attacked a village where a lady was coming from an occasion. She was raped and killed and that resulted in a clash in the community.

Our traditional ruler was able to bring the situation under control and the matter was resolved.

While we were trying to get over that, there was a fresh attack in Numa-Choku, a neighbouring village to those three communities.

The celebrant and the parents were all killed and woman lost four of her children and a pregnant daughter in-law. So pathetic.

These are harmless people who were having a naming ceremony.

Gyunka urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to visit the affected communities to help provide relief materials to victims.

He asked for stringent enforcement of existing laws to prohibit the bearing of arms by unauthorised persons.

Gyunka said: I feel there should be a strong law that will forbid bearing of arms.

The issue of ECOWAS free movement has done Nigerians more harm than good because people come into this country with arms, only to turn against the citizens.

In other countries they people are properly checked before allowed residence but it is not same in Nigeria.

Our borders are so porous that people come in armed, harass citizens, kill, maim and return to the bush.

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