By EricJames Ochigbo, Abuja.
The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police (I-G) to direct a thorough investigation into the alleged killing of Miss Ummulkulthum Buhari by a Chinese national, Geng Quanrong, in Kano.
The resolution was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Kabiru Rurum (APC-Kano) at the plenary on Wednesday.
Moving the motion, Rurum said that the alleged murder of the young lady occurred last week at her residence in Janbulo, Dorayi Babba in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State.
The lawmaker said that the deceased was a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in Sokoto State.
“The deceased was allegedly killed by Mr Geng Quanrong at about 9:30 p.m., with a pre-meditated intention to commit the provocative act.
“That it took Geng more than an hour to force himself into the room of the deceased, shows that the attack and subsequent killing of the deceased person was a well-thought-out plan by Geng.
“We are concerned that five days after the murder of Ummulkulthum Buhari, the police are yet to come out with a preliminary report on their investigation.
“Cognisant of the fact that the constitutional duty of government, as contained in Section 14, Sub 2(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government,” Rurum said.
He stressed that the case should be taken more seriously, as the family members of the deceased and citizens of Kano and Nigerians at large had been calling for justice.
Besides, Rep. Nkem Abonta (PDP-Abia) underscored the need to determine the legal status of Geng and his activities in Nigeria.
He said that the investigation should not be left to the police alone, urging the House to mandate its relevant committee to investigate the matter and come up with a report on the issue.
Abonta said that the killing, torture and maltreatment of Nigerians by foreigners had become a thing a grievous concern, calling for action to address the aberration.
The House mandated its Committee on Interior to investigate the matter and report back to the plenary.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, also called for to a minute of silence in honour of the deceased.