Lawmaker Decries Insecurity, Extra-judicial Killings in Jos and Environs

By Starrys Obazei | January 25, 2023

The lawmaker representing Bassa/Jos North federal constituency of Plateau State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Muhammad Adam Alkali has raised the alarm over cases of extra-judicial killings, kidnapping, and other forms of insecurity in Jos, the Plateau State capital and environs.

He raised the alarm when he moved a motion of urgent public importance during plenary at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, in Abuja.

Hon. Alkali while moving the motion entitled ‘Extrajudicial Killings and Kidnapping Activities in Jos and its Environs’, noted that there were reported cases of extra-judicial killings of innocent by security operatives.

According to him, “on September 21, 2022, 16-year-old Usman Bala was shot dead, while two others were injured by a Police Officer attached to the Division C of the Nigeria Police Force Jos, Plateau State.

“Also on December 4, 2022, security operatives allegedly shot and killed one Magaji Ahmad, a Keke NAPEP rider of Dutse Uku Area of Jos for exceeding the approved operations hours imposed by the state government.

“Aware of a report by the Vanguard Newspapers of December 11, 2022, where the corpse of one Ruth Musa, pastor, was found around a car wash in Farin Gada area, Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau State, similarly, on September 7, 2022, a 14-year-old Maryam Danliti Usman was found dead in Babale Community
of Jos-North Local Government Area with her private parts cut off.

The lawmaker expressed worry that if stringent security measures are not taken to safeguard the lives of the citizens in compliance with Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) particularly Section 14 (2)(b) which states that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government; it might constitute a threat to national security.

The House therefore resolved to observe a minute silence as a mark of respect to the deceased persons killed in Jos, Plateau State and urged the Chief of Defence Staff, the Director General of State Security Service, and the Inspector General of Police to direct “Operation Save Heaven” to initiate a coordinated Joint Security Operation with other Security Agencies to flush out criminals within the system to save the lives of innocent Nigerians and avoid recurrence.

The House further mandates the Committees on Police Affairs, Interior, Defence, and National Security to investigate the cases of extra-judicial killings in Jos and environs and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

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