By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
A member from Kaduna State representing Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Shehu N. Garba has said that linking him to the killings of Monday 20th March in Dalle and Kariyo in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State involving soldiers is the handiwork of his political opponents, rejected by the people of the area.
Hon. Garba stated this on Wednesday when he addressed a press conference in Kaduna averred that some persons are seeking to politicise what he described as purely security issue by dragging his name into the sad event in order to score cheap political goals.
He stressed that he has no control over the deployment of or the operational conduct of security personnel, “hence any attempt to link me with the incident is an attempt to malign my unassailable standing with a Constituency that mirrors our rich diversity.
“The Architect of this campaign of calumny who has been rejected by the people, should realised that the people of Jema’a and Sanga are now much enlightened and can discern between true representative and those who wasted over a decade of their representation with no known or visible monument to their credit”.
While sympathising with the innocent victims of the killings and their families, he called on the Security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to establish the identity of the casualties and the circumstances surrounding the operation and burning of settlements such action will quickly settle the accusations and counter-accusations going on at the moment.
” I want to use this medium once again to call on the Kaduna State Government to set aside all prejudice and convene an all inclusive stakeholders platform to deliberate and come up with resolutions on how to address the increasing conflicts between Farmers and Herdsmen in our communities.
“The situation on the ground suggests that both the Herdsmen and Farmers are desirous of an enduring peace which guarantees peaceful co-existence, the State government is urged to put an end to the current blame-game by taking the bull by the horn by tackling this problem especially as we are approaching rainy season when farmers will have to return to their farms”.