By Polycarp Auta
Jos – Mr Yusuf Gagdi, member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency in Plateau, has condemned the killing of Daciya Dalep, his constituent and student of University of Maiduguri, by members of the Boko Haram.
Gagdi, in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos, described the incident as “inhuman”
NAN reports that Dalep, a native of Jing in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau, was abducted two weeks ago by the insurgents on his way to Maiduguri to resume school.
NAN also reports that on Tuesday, the insurgents released a video where Dalep was gruesomely executed.
“I condemn in the strongest terms, the gruesome execution of Daciya Dalep, a native of Jing in Pankshin and a Biology/Education student of University of Maiduguri by members of the Boko Haram.
“I am devastated by the excruciating lost of this promising young man, and more pathetically, in a gruesome manner one could not wish for his arch enemy.
“This has, once again, brought to fore the nightmarish experience of people living in the insurgency ravaged Northeastern part of Nigeria,” he said
The lawmaker called on governments at all levels to redouble efforts at ending insurgency in the North-East and other security threats in other parts of the country.
He called on Nigerians to render all the needed support to the security agencies in their quest to end insurgency in the country
“This call for the need for government to redouble efforts to stamp out the irresponsible activities of this terrorist organisation.
“It is most despicable that despite the resources sunk in fighting the insurgency, the nefarious activities of the insurgents fester, and more precious lives continue to perish in a wanton manner
“I want to strongly advocate for more logistics and moral support to the security operatives fighting insurgency anywhere in Nigeria,” he advocated.
Gagdi called on the family of Dalep to take his death in good faith and accept the will of God. (NAN)
Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
Indian citizenship law in court battle as protests continue
January 22, 2020 10:34 am by emmanuel.yashim – India –
New Delhi, Jan. 22, 2020 (dpa/NAN) India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to reply within four weeks to a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of a new citizenship law as protests against it continued.
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 omits Muslims from a list of religious groups from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries who are entitled to fast-track citizenship.
More than 140 petitions were filed by political parties and civil society groups challenging the legal validity of the CAA in the Supreme Court.
Most of them demanded that the law, which came into force on Jan. 10 should be withdrawn.
A three-judge bench headed by chief justice SA Bobde indicated that the matter would be heard by a larger five-judge bench in about five weeks’ time, according to legal reporting website Bar & Bench.
Some petitioners had requested the postponement of the implementation of the act, but the court did not pass any order on this, Bar & Bench reported.
“We are happy with the court’s response. It is up to the government now to clarify things,” PK Kunhalikutty of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said.
Kunhalikutty has filed one of the petitions which claims the CAA violates the fundamental right to equality enshrined in the Indian Constitution by making an exclusion on the basis of religion.
Students, opposition political parties, civil society groups and members of the Muslim community have joined demonstrations against the law in cities across India.
The Narendra Modi government says the law would not affect the rights of any citizen, Hindu or Muslim, and has accused opponents of spreading misinformation.