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New Year Killings: We Must Remain United Against Violence – Saraki



The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has condemned the recent killings in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna states that left some Nigerians dead.

He described the attack on the affected communities as ‘heinous’ and ‘reprehensible’ and called on all Nigerians to remain united in their condemnation of violence.

Saraki made the condemnation in a statement by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, yesterday in Abuja.

“The recent killings in this New Year that have left many families without their loved ones and several communities in distress were a reprehensible act of violence.

“As Nigerians, we must all remain united in our condemnation of violence. Such actions have no place anywhere in our culture.

“The killers and perpetrators of this callous act must be caught and brought to justice,” he said.

The Senate President said that the upper chamber would continue to render necessary support to ensure that the perpetrators were arrested.

Saraki called on security forces to continue to work round the clock to ensure safety of the affected communities and all communities across the country.

“Such random and widespread acts of hate and disorder are part of the reasons why last year, we inaugurated an Ad hoc Committee to Review Nigeria’s Security Infrastructure for better delivery across the board.

“The committee is still at work, however, now it is clear that we need to review, revamp and reposition our security apparatus across the nation to be able to respond to the diverse nature of the crises and concerns of various communities.

“I still believe that the intelligence gathering aspects of our security system is not measuring up to standard.

“We need to ensure that our security system could gather relevant intelligence and analyse them to prevent activities of hoodlums and insurgents so that we do not always cry after the milk is spilt,” Saraki said.

He expressed regret that the killings, like those that occurred in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna, were becoming too recurrent.

The Senate President said that relevant Senate committees would hold discussions with Senators from the affected states with a view to having a proper understanding of what the issues are and make appropriate recommendations to the executive.




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