By Gift Chapi Odekina
Unspecified number of students and teachers of the Federal Government Girls College, Yauri, Kebbi State were on Thursday kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
A member of the House of Representatives, and Chairman of its Committee on Health Services, Hon. Tanko Sununu made the disclosure ti journalist in Abuja.
The lawmaker who represents Yauri/Shanga/Ngaski federal constituency of kebbi state also said that there have been various killings in some parts of his constituency in recent times.
He therefore called on the federal government to urgently deploy security forces to the affected areas to forestall another attack by the suspected bandits, who he said operated for about four hours in the latest attack.
“The situation in my constituency, the level of insecurity is worrisome. Of recent, the southern part of Kebbi has been under attacks by bandits. Not long ago, 154 people lost their lives to a boat mishap. Only 95 corpses could be accounted for”, adding that this had been followed by bandits attack, which had left several people dead, and hundreds displaced, the latest involving abduction of teachers and students of the school.
“The invasion of the school came a week after a similar attack by armed bandits numbering over 250 to 300 wielding AK47, shooting sporadically and robbing members of the communities of their valuables including money, phones and motorcycles.
“These same bandits wrote a letter to the community that they are coming back, which they did by the second time which saw them attacking the secondary school”, the lawmaker said, noting that he is drawing attention of the federal government and the security agencies to come to the aid of the affected communities.
He further said that his constituents were living in fear with all farming activities grounded to a halt, as many have been displaced from their ancestral homes without hopes of when to return.
“This is a call on the federal government to look at the situation, mobilise adequate security agencies to the area”, he said disclosing that with his personal effort, military air surveillance flights were being carried out, urging urging more effort so that farmers can return to the field.
Fielding questions on why members of the National Assembly often opt for media alarm instead of delaying its powers of possibly ousting a failing leader through Impeachment, the lawmaker insisted that such powers have not taken away, but that a lot of things have to be taken into consideration.