THE House of Representatives has recieved kudos from Nigerians for their show of concerns over the death of ten boys brigade on Easter Sunday in Gombe State.
The encomium came after Tuesday’s plenary, where the green Chambers resolved to investigate the death of those boys alleged to be in procession before the incident.
Speaking to National Light reporter from his base in Abuja, a social analyst, Mr Eugene Abaji, expressed delight on the prompt response of the National House of Assembly in seeking to unravel circumstances surrounding the incidence. “The killing of members of boys brigade on procession on Easter Sunday was very unfortunate. Nigerians should be clearly told what happened and how it happened. People are watching to see how the situation is handled and Nigerian police and other security agencies should up their games in bringing culprits to book.”
He lamented that what ordinarily should be the police work now forms part of NASS oversight functions.
Recall that a motion under matters of urgent national importance was raised by Rep. Aishatu Dukku (APC-Gombe), at plenary, expressing concerns over the unfortunate incident that occurred on Sunday, April 21, 2019 leading to the death of innocent children during boys’ brigade procession in Gombe.
The lawmaker explained that the boys were in a procession celebrating Easter in Gombe metropolis, when a car rammed into them killing 11 and injuring many others.
According to Dukku, the driver had a heated argument with the children before they made way for him to pass, only for him, in a fit of rage, to turn and drive into them.
The lawmaker expressed worry that the driver was later identified as an official of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), adding that an eye witness report indicated that the NSCDC official was drunk and went into the procession on purpose.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, while the House Committee on Internal Affairs was mandated to investigate the matter and make appropriate recommendations within two weeks.