Abuja - The House of Representatives appealed to the Nigerian government to investigate the recent clashes between villagers and herdsmen to prevent further loss of lives.
Beni Lar, the ruling People's Democratic Party's representative from the Plateau State, urged government to appoint a panel to probe the violence that left more than 60 people dead last week.
This, he said, would prevent a recurrence of such clashes.
At least 62 people, mostly elderly, women and children, were killed in the violence in Magama, Bolgang and Karkashi in Langtang South Federal Constituency of Plateau State while more than 7 000 people were displaced and 100 homes destroyed on June 27.
The attacks appeared to have been reprisals linked to cattle theft, often the source of friction in the Middle Belt region dividing the mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south of Africa’s most populous nation.
Thousands have over the years been killed in Nigeria’s Plateau State and neighbouring Benue in recent years in clashes between herdsmen and Christian ethnic groups in a struggle for access to land or local power.
Meanwhile, Lar urged the Committee on Police Affairs to ensure the completion of the Kadarko Police Mobile Barracks which she said would strengthen security in the area.
She also urged the Committee on Public Works to speed the construction of the road linking Langtang South and Taraba State to enhance access to the regions and reduce vulnerability of the communities.
"There has been an upsurge of loss of lives in Nigeria, particularly in Langtang North and South,” the lawmaker said.
- CAJ News