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NBA blasts Bauchi Assembly over plot to deport Plateau indigenes

By Taye Obateru

Jos — The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Jos Branch, has condemned the resolution of the Bauchi State House of Assembly asking indigenes of Plateau State resident in Bauchi State to leave, describing it as legislative recklessness and a contravention of the country’s Constitution.

It, however,  has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter and call the House to order.
The association, in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Caleb Dajan and Secretary, Jim Gotom, said such a resolution was not expected from the Assembly.

“This unconstitutional and baseless resolution is coming at a time the Federal and Plateau State governments are working round the clock for lasting solutions to this civil unrest in Jos.

‘’It should be borne in mind that this resolution of Bauchi State House of Assembly is capable of instigating another breakdown of law with a potential civil war in Nigeria,” the statement said.

What Constitution says
The NBA argued that Section 41 of the country’s Constitution guarantees the right of every Nigerian to reside in any part of the country, adding that the House was either ignorant of that section of the Constitu-tion or was out to sabotage efforts to restore peace to Plateau State.

Relatedly, a coalition of Christian ministries and organisations, yesterday, alleged that the recurring crises in Jos “bear the hallmark of the al-Qaeda ideology” and should, therefore, be investigated.

At a briefing,  yesterday, the coalition dismissed insinuations that Plateau indigenes and its government were haters of Hausa-Muslims, considering that they had all co-existed peacefully for decades without problems.

The Hausa-Fulani commu-nity in the state has repeate-dly accused the indigenous ethnic groups of nursing hatred for them, a factor they blamed for the frequent crises in the state.


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