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Lawmakers condemn attack on Atakar

04 April 2013, 07:21

Kaura - Members of the National Assembly representing Southern Kaduna on Wednesday commiserated with victims of Saturday's attack in Fadan Atakar in Kaura Local Government area.

The lawmakers, who visited the residence of the Chief of Atakar, Mr Tobias Nkom-Wada, condemned the attack but cautioned youths against reprisal.

Mr Gideon Goni, the member representing Kaura Federal Constituency, who led other members on the visit, said they would report back to the National Assembly on their findings.

Goni assured the residents that the National Assembly would take action on the matter.

Also speaking, Mr Godfrey Gaiya representing Jaba/Zango constituency, said the visit was part of their mandate as the peoples' representatives.

"The days we would seat back and watch things go unattended to has passed. It is our responsibility to respond to whatever happens to our people."

Gaiya commended the people for remaining calm in spite of their losses.

The lawmaker assured the traditional ruler that the government would provide relief materials to the victims and rebuild his palace destroyed in a separate attack on March 20.

He urged the residents to always report any suspicious person or group to security agents and to avoid taking the laws into their hands.

Responding, Mr Nkom-Wada commended the lawmakers for their concern and solicited for assistance to the victims, who were taking refuge at the Model Primary School, Atakar.

The chief said 28 persons were killed, 20 houses burnt including one primary school while three churches were destroyed.

Nkom-Wada appealed to the lawmakers to come up with a legislation that would address the incessant killings in the country.

Other members on the visit were, Mr Adams Jagaba and Mr Shehu Garba, representing Kagarko/Kachia and Jama’a/Sanga constituencies respectively.

The members were also at the refugee camp, where they commiserated with the victims.



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