Dansadau de­mands com­pen­sa­tion for Zam­fara at­tack vic­tims

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim

A for­mer se­na­tor from Zam­fara state, Saidu Muham­mad Dansadau has called on the Federal Govern­ment to com­pen­sate the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of the re­cent at­tack in the state.

He made the call at his res­i­dence in Abuja yes­ter­day in an exclusive in­ter­view with Daily Trust grow­ing in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

Dansadau, who is also a del­e­gate at the on­go­ing Na­tional Con­fer­ence, lamented the re­cur­rent killings and de­struc­tion of property.

He said the sit­u­a­tion has got­ten out of hand as se­cu­rity agencies in the af­fected ar­eas have failed to pro­tect the lives and prop­er­ties of the people.

“Any­thing short of com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tims of the at­tack or to their fam­i­lies for those (that) lost their lives will not be ac­cepted. We don’t want any­body to take re­lief ma­te­ri­als to our com­mu­ni­ties. We have had enough of these killings. The govern­ment must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for its fail­ures and com­pen­sate the lives and prop­er­ties lost to this cri­sis,” he said.

Dansadau also ac­cused the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice who is from the state of fail­ing to pro­tect his people. He ac­cused him of re­fus­ing to grant him an au­di­ence when he went to see him on the is­sue.

The for­mer se­na­tor al­leged that the po­lice in Zam­fara state were in con­nivance with the crim­i­nals be­cause the people have been pro­vid­ing them with the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the lo­ca­tions where the hood­lums are in the forests but they failed to act.

He re­calls that there was a time Ali Kwara (a crime fighter) went to Zam­fara state and ar­rested some Fu­lani armed rob­bers in which some po­lice­men were in­dicted for al­legedly arm­ing the crim­i­nals. The case was swept un­der the car­pet by the po­lice, he said.

“Even the other Fu­la­nis are not safe. They at­tack any Fu­lani man or woman who re­fuses to co­op­er­ate with them. The crim­i­nal el­e­ments are the ones per­pe­trat­ing the acts not all the Fu­la­nis and we have been pro­vid­ing the govern­ment with all the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion, but it seems that there is no strong will to tackle the sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Speak­ing on the is­sue of re­source con­trol as raised by the Lamido Adamawa at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence, he ex­pressed his to­tal sup­port of the idea.

He said states should be al­lowed to con­trol and use their re­sources but quickly added that there should be a proper mech­a­nism to use the money ju­di­ciously.

“Even in the Niger Delta where the gov­er­nors re­ceived bil­lions of Naira, there is no cor­re­spond­ing devel­op­men­tal im­pact to jus­tify the money be­ing re­ceived. The poor people are still suf­fer­ing like in places where they don’t re­ceive such monies. There­fore, the money be­ing al­lo­cated for the de­vel­op­ment in those places is only be­ing en­joyed by people in power and their cronies,” he added.

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