The Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has beckoned on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Federal Government to arrest the sponsors of “unknown gunmen.”
The Group made this call on Monday in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Prince Rwang Pam.
The Group described as unfortunate, the incessant killings in Anambra and the South East by “unknown gunmen,” even as the November 6 Anambra elections draw near.
The statement reads, “Recent activities of the so-called “Unknown Gunmen” in Anambra state and the South-East in the past few weeks call for concern among peace loving Nigerians as the Federal government has failed in its responsibility to protect lives and properties of citizens.Scores of lives have been lost and government and private properties worth billions of Naira has been destroyed.
“The right to life is fundamental and basic right and it’s so entrenched in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) in Sec 33, which clearly states “that every person has a right to life and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in the execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria. This government has failed in that duty and continues to fail until it fulfils its responsibility to all Nigerians.”
“It is heartbreaking that recent happenings in Anambra state and the South East at large has breached this right. If the federal government cannot guarantee the security of lives of its people, which is on the Exclusive list, it is well advised for the National Assembly to amend the Constitution and place Internal security in the concurrent list to enable governors to become effective chief security officers in their respective states.
“We therefore directly call on President Muhammadu Buhari to fish out the sponsors of the so called “Unknown Gunmen” in the South East and bring them to justice without further ado.
“We further call on the Federal government to urgently investigate allegations that the current upsurge in the criminal attacks in Anambra state has to do with the forthcoming Anambra state gubernatorial elections on November 6, 2021.”