Wednesday, 31 January 2018

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Zamfara has recorded more killings than Benue – APC Senator, Marafa

Kabir Marafa, Senator representing Zamfara Central, on Wednesday said his state has recorded more violent killings than Benue State, in recent times.


Speaking on the floor of the Upper Legislative Chambers, the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmaker alleged that the Governor Abdullaziz Yari-led state government was preventing people from talking about it.
The APC lawmaker said the security situation in the state is “getting worse” as people have resorted to buying arms to protect themselves.
According to Marafa, “I commend the people of Benue state for drawing the attention of the federal government to the problems in the state. Seventy-three people were killed in Benue, and we saw how the state government gathered the prominent sons and daughters of Benue state to address the issue,” he said.
“More than twenty times that number (73) have been killed in Zamfara in the last four years but we have never seen such type of attention and the reason is very simple; the state government is antagonistic of anybody trying to bring the issue to the front burner.

“I expected the state government to either deny what I said or come out with another outlook, instead they assembled pimps and miscreants to attack me in the media. I am not bothered by that but the problems I reported are still there and people are now buying arms to protect themselves.
“I don’t want a case whereby tomorrow, people will be arrested for buying guns for protecting themselves because they are not protected. There is a problem in Zamfara, people are being killed every day and kidnapped for ransom that they don’t have, and people are resorting to buying weapons to protect themselves.
“The only thing the government did was to instruct the party (Zamfara APC) to invite me for the comments I made on the floor of the senate, I am not afraid of this invitation but they have left a precedent; in 2012 a member of the house of representative made comments against governor Abdullaziz Yari, he was invited to Gusau and miscreants were arranged to attack him.”

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