According to the lawmakers, the primary responsibility of government is to provide security for the citizens through security agencies and it would be most criminal to attack them while performing their duties in troubled communities.
The lawmakers’ decision came on the heels of a heated debate brought under matter of urgent national importance which was raised by Joseph Kigbu (CPC, Nasarawa).
Hon. Kigbu urged his colleagues to plead and prevail on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar to forgive youths of the ethnic militia – Ombatse, in Nasarawa State that attacked and killed over 30 policemen in the community.
He said: “If the Federal government does not assist Nasarawa State government to maintain security and amicably resolve her communal differences, this may lead to a further breakdown of peace and order”.
He also spoke on the need to prevail on the police to forgive the community fearing if that was not done, the vengeance missions in Baga, Odi and other places may reoccur.
All the lawmakers who contributed to the debate of the motion condemned in very strong terms the killing of the security agents and called on Federal government to find means of mopping up illegal fire arms across the country to forestall people attacking Securty agents that were carrying out their constitutional responsibilities.
In their resolution, the lawmakers recommended adequate compensation to families of the police victims in addition to joining Nasarawa State in reconciling the different warring groups as an alternative to use of force.
The lawmakers mandated the National Emergency Mnagement Agency (NEMA) to immediately provide relief materials to victims of communal clashes since January 2013 in Nasarawa State.