- Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has been accused by Senator Victor Umeh of abandoning his people for Abuja amidst insecurity
- Umeh said Nigerian governors are not helping the fight against insecurity by some of their actions
- Governor Yari earlier ordered security chiefs in the stare to head field operations in the fight against bandits
Senator Victor Umeh, (Anambra, APGA), has claimed that Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has abandoned citizens in his state for Abuja because of insecurity.
Premium Times reports that Umeh while contributing to a motion on killings in Rivers state, said the governor has fled the northwest state to live in Abuja due to insecurity.
As part of of his contribution to a motion moved by Andrew Uchendu (Rivers, PDP) on recent killings in Rivers state, Uchendu said killings in the state had taken a new dimension as killers no longer only take lives but dismember and burn their victims.
He gave the recent experience of May 19 in Isiodu community in Emohua local government where gunmen invaded the community, killed three men and burnt their bodies. He bemoaned that ‘no meaningful strategy has been put in place to check’ the killings while noting that killings has become a way of life in Rivers.
Umeh added that Nigerian governors are not helping the fight against insecurity by some of their actions.
“These killings are going on in states where the governors have not helped matters. Rivers state is a place of gory killings. The governor of the said state should rid Rivers state of this crime. The governors can do that if they take it serious.
“The governors should help solve this problem. It is not a question of only police. I think the governors should put money in security to provide security for people in their states. The governors should use their security votes, that is the essence of security votes."
According to Umeh, if money is put into investigation, there will be result within three days because the people living around the killers know them.
“Some governors have run away from their states. They now live in Abuja. When you ask they say there are too many killings like Zamfara for example. He lives in Abuja, attending meetings in Abuja and everyday people are killed in the state," he added.
In adopting prayers in Uchendu’s motion, the lawmakers urged the Rivers state government to immediately liaise with the security agencies to stop the incessant killings and kidnapping of citizens in Rivers state.
They also urged the federal government and Rivers state government to develop workable strategies that would stop the rising cases of killings in the state.
Legit.ng had reported that Senate on Wednesday, May 22, called on the federal and Rivers state government, to work together in developing workable strategies to tackle rising cases of killings in the state.
Senator Andrew Uchendu (APC-Rivers) at plenary said that the death of innocent citizens as a result of murder, kidnapping, violence or abduction have been the bane of Rivers state for more than a decade.
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