29 November 2012

Nigeria: Senate Wants Civilians Out of Jaji Cantonment

Kaduna — The Senate Committee on Defence yesterday called on Governor Yakowa of Kaduna State to find a way of relocating the civilian population living within the Jaji Cantonment as a means to averting further attacks.

This was even as Minister of State Defence Dr. Olusola Obada had earlier inspected the affected Church and sympathised with the military personnel who were affected by the attack.

Chairman of the Committee Senator George Thompson Sekibo said when members of the committee visited the cantonment to commiserate with army authorities over last Sunday's blast that government should find way of evacuating the civilian population living with the cantonment as is a military formation and should have only military occupants except the civilians working in the cantonment.

"Jaji cantonment is a military formation and as such should remain so, it should belong to the military, it's possible the state government can relocate these people and give them other possible areas to live, you cannot see a military building and the next one will belong to a civilian because you will not be able to take care of your security as military personnel.

"I think this appeal should go to the government of Kaduna State to understand this because the security of lives and property for every person belongs to all of us and we must all help to see that it is achieved; if that is done, it will afford them taking care of the peace and security of every environment.

"We have seen that the back of the cantonment is not fenced; so if civilians who have nothing to do with the military formation there, that person can bring in someone who may cause harm to the military men in the barracks and there are four roads linking to Zaria, Jos and other places and these roads are open; so if anyone can get to the houses in the barracks, then anything can happen," he said.

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