Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Bukar Ibrahim, representing Yobe East Senatorial District, has accused security agencies of mass killing while fighting insecurity in the northern part of the country.
Contributing to a debate on a motion on insecurity in Zamfara State on Thursday, Ibrahim said the security agencies were the number one killers in terms of number.
The Senate has however asked its committees on National Security and Intelligence and Defence and Army to look into the allegations raised by Ibrahim.
The motion, sponsored by Senator Mafara Garba from Zamfara Central, detailed the spate of killings by bandits in different villages in Zamfara State.
He said over 250 persons have been killed between August 2011 and October 2012.
But Ibrahim said, “Security agencies are the number one killers in terms of number. I am surprised the other day when the Chief of Army Staff said Boko Haram killed 3,000. The security agencies have killed a lot more than 3,000 since this thing started.
“On the first day that this crisis erupted in Maiduguri, over 5,000 people were killed. Book Haram is just like any other religious sect, it has existed for ages. It is not a new phenomenon altogether, but it is the activities of particularly the police who pushed the Boko Haram people to the wall by killing their leaders and killing thousands of other innocent people.
“Of course naturally, common criminals will take advantage of the situation to extort money from people and then the armed robbers are the third killers, and this is happening in Zamfara.”
He noted that he was in support of the motion because it was relevant to what is happening in other parts of the North, including Zamfara State.
But President of the Senate, David Mark, rose to the defence of the military, saying that it was always a difficult task for the armed forces when tasked with the challenge of internal security.