20 April 2021 By James Itodo
The Senate today held a minute silence in honour of those who lost their lives in recent communal clashes between Waja/Lunguda and Nyuwar/Jessu communities in Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe state.
The Upper Chamber also appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected communities.
These resolutions were reached by the Red Chamber, following a point of order raised by Senator Bulus Amos representing Gombe South during plenary in Abuja
Coming under Order 43 (Personal Explanation) of the Senate Standing Rules, Senator Bulus noted that on Monday 12th April, 2021, communal clashes erupted between the Waja and Lunguda communities in the area.
According to him “the crisis further took a dangerous dimension on Tuesday 13th April, 2021, leading to the loss of lives of about 30 people; destruction of property and foodstuff worth about 100,000 metric tonnes of grains with over 1,000 houses burnt down in Nyuwar-Gelengetu, Jessu, Heme and Tswaku. Many people have been displaced and are now living in IDP camps.
The lawmaker expressed worry that the entire villages have been totally destroyed rendering people homeless.
Senator Amos emphasized the need for peaceful coexistence in our various communities.