9 November 2012

Nigeria: JTF Killed More Civilians Than Boko Haram - Sen Bukar Ibrahim

Former Governor of Yobe State, Senator Buka Abba Ibrahim, yesterday, announced on the floor of the Senate that the Boko Haram sect deployed threats and extreme coercion in the recruitment of its sponsors just as he accused the Joint Task Force (JTF) of killing more people in North East region than the sect.

Senator Ibrahim disclosed this while contributing to a motion on banditry attacks on Kabaru village in Mau Local Government area of Zamfara.

Consequently, the Senate asked the Inspector General of Police to, as a matter of urgency, step up surveillance and effective policing in the area.

It also called on the Federal Ministry of Works to prioritise work on Anka-Dangulbi-Dansadau-Birnin Gwari and Dayi-Tsafe-Dangulbi federal roads as a means of opening up the area and linking it with neighbouring communities.

The Senate also resolved to call on National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to speed up intervention by providing relief to persons, largely women and children within the affected areas and communities.

Speaking on the motion, Senator Buka Ibrahim, who supported the motion on the ground that what was happening in Zamfara was a reflection of what was happening in other parts of the north and added, "Today people are being forced to partially fund Boko Haram.They kill one, two or three people around, and frighten everybody and they succumb to their demands. So, today people are being forced to partially fund Boko Haram because of the activities of these criminals."

Accusing security agencies of mass killings he said "security agencies are the number one killers in terms of number. I am surprised the other day when the Chief of Army Staff said Boko Haram killed 3000 people; the security agencies have killed a lot more than 3000 since this thing started.

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