Senate Orders NEMA, NEDC To Provide Relief Materials To Victims of Adamawa Communal Clash

Senate is calling on the Chief of Army Staff to direct 23 Armoured Brigade Yola Brigade Commander to deploy an Army formation on the Adamawa side of the Taraba State border to checkmate insurgent cross-border movement.
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During its plenary on Tuesday, the Nigerian Senate ordered the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to as a matter of urgency provide relief materials to the people of Tingno, Tito and Mbemun communities of Lamurde local government who were affected by the recent communal clashes that claimed over forty lives.

The resolution follows a motion moved by senator Binos Dauda Yaroe of the People’s Democratic Party who is representing the southern senatorial zone of Adamawa state.

Senator Binos in his motion called on the leadership of the senate to examine the cause of the crisis and order the army and police to make preparations for a permanent solution to the problem.

Concerned that in the early hours of Tuesday 12 May 2020, unknown gunmen launched attacks on Bolki and Gon, two village areas of Numan Local Government; two persons were killed in the attacks and the entire villages were burnt down and their livestock rustled.

“Further concerned that a few days later on Friday 15 May 2020, communal clashes erupted in Tingno and Sabon-Layi towns of Lamurde Local Government, where about 15 people are feared dead and large sections of the towns burnt down and properties worth millions destroyed.

Disturbed that Mbemun village, a fishing community in Lamurde Local Government, was also attacked by unknown gunmen the following day, Saturday 16 May 2020, and the entire village razed to the ground, although no life was lost” the senator lamented.

Binos narrated that farming and cattle rearing communities in the Adamawa South Senatorial District have lived together peacefully for generations; and that in the past, conflicts have been resolved in a friendly manner through dialogue and restitution to injured parties

He said the concerned was that such conflicts, which can be avoided, have degenerated into deadly communal clashes on many occasions in recent years.

As part of the Senate resolution, it also directed the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) to carry out an urgent assessment of the destruction by insurgents of houses, public institutions and places of worship since December 2017 in Shelleng, Guyuk, Lamurde, Numan, Demsa and Mayo-Belwa Local Government Areas of the Adamawa State with a view to providing help for the

The Senate is calling on the Chief of Army Staff to direct 23 Armoured Brigade Yola Brigade Commander to deploy an Army formation on the Adamawa side of the Taraba State border to checkmate insurgent cross-border movement.

The Senate also commended the Commissioner of Police Adamawa Police Command, CP Olugbenga Adeyanju for swiftly deploying and stationing a MOPOL unit at the Tingno crisis area, and urge him to station a similar unit at the Bang-Bujum axis to act as a deterrent.

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