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Jos crisis : Rep accuses Bankole of bias as Plateau lawmakers condemn mayhem

By Luka Binniyat & Tordue Salem

ABUJA—While the Jos religious riot boiled yesterday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole gave no room for any motion on the crisis during yesterday’s plenary session.

A report by a  committee set up last June headed by Hon. Isa Idrsi Umaru (PDP/Kebbi)  to look into last year’s bloody sectarian violence, was contested by the Hon. Bitrus Kaze who represents Jos South and Jos East Federal Constituency last September.

He said the report was bias and that the Speaker has taken sides with the  Muslims. He later resigned from his position as Deputy Chairman on Climate Change, in protest.

Meanwhile, Senators and Reps members  from Plateau State yesterday held a press briefing to condemn the recurring crises in Jos.

Yesterday, a few minutes after the plenary session was opened, a member called on a “point- of-order”, ostensibly to call the attention of the House to the situation, in Jos.

But the Speaker ignored the call. Instead, he said he had a very important announcement to make.


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