The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed grave concern over the heinous and wanton killing of innocent people, especially women and Children in Logo and Guma local governments areas of Benue state.
These killings coming shortly after the whole world was outraged by similar killings in Agatu in same Benue state and another in Rivers state, is a clear indication that it is high time all the security apparatuses of the country are mobilised to put a stop to this mindless killings. Enough is enough.
According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara said no reason whatsoever, can be enough justification for such dastardly act.
It will be recalled, a traditional ruler in Kaduna state was recently killed by same “unknown gunmen”. The killing of the second class chief came few days after several people were also killed during a Christmas carol in Jama’a local government of the state.
It is very worrisome that at a time government is taking every step to tame the security challenges in the country, there seem to be a steady deterioration of security of lives and properties all over the country. This is totally unacceptable and the legislature is determined to hold all authorities vested with the protection of lives and properties accountable.
While commiserating with the people and government of Benue, Kaduna and Rivers states at this most trying moments, Hon Dogara assured Nigerians that the legislature will not allow the lives of the victims go in vain.
The speaker therefore called on the President to immediately deploy adequate security personnel to the hotspots in order to halt further killings.
He also called for overhaul of Nigeria’s internal security architecture that will check the prevailing mass murders, killings and kidnappings, assuring that the legislature will give the Executive full backing in that regard.
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