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Southern Kaduna Killings: Lawmakers call for prosecution of perpetrators

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Members of the Southern Kaduna caucus in the House Of Representatives have condemned the killings in their locality.

Citing section 33 subsection (1) of the 1999 Constitution which guarantees right to life, the lawmakers say raidings, killings and kidnappings of the people are unconstitutional, criminal and highly condemnable.

They also said herdsmen and farmer clashes, forceful land grabbing by non-natives of Southern Kaduna , reprisal attacks, banditry, criminality were some of the major causes of the killings and hostilities in the region and according to them, there has been little success in investigating and apprehending the perpetrators of the attacks.

On July 21, at least 11 people were reported killed by gunmen in an attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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The attack came barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.

Following a series of attacks in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, indigenes took to the streets of the FCT on March 19, 2019, in a protest.

Many have continued to react to the spate of attacks in the region, demanding an end to the killings.

The presidency has also reacted to the killings, saying that it is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.


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Just in: PDP may head to court against lawmakers in imo ..

…Wants INEC to conduct bye elections in the constituencies


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may challenge the defection of some of its elected lawmakers in Imo State to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Collins Chgi, on Tuesday, led seven other PDP lawmakers to the APC.


About three other PDP lawmakers had earlier join APC since Senator Hope Uzodinma became governor of the state following the nullification of the election of former governor, Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court.

But PDP said the action of the lawmakers was in breach of section 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).


The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, at a press conference Wednesday described the defection “as unpatriotic and an unpardonable betrayal of the people of their respective constituencies who chose and identified with the ideal and visions of the PDP as the platform for their representation at the state assembly.”

Ologbondiyan noted that section 109 (1)(g) of the constitution provides that “a member of the House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the House if, (g) being a person whose election to the House of Assembly by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected.”

He, however, explained that the only condition where such defection is permitted is if there is a division in the political party of which the lawmaker “was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”

According to him, the defectors have vacated their seats, adding that they no longer have a place in the state assembly; as there is no division or merger of any kind in the PDP at any level whatsoever.


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