Senate To Buhari On Killings In The Country: Adhere To Oath Of Protecting Nigerians
The Senate has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency, adhere strictly to the oath of protecting lives and property of Nigerians, when he took over the mantle of leadership of the country in 2015.
The Senate also in very strong terms, condemned fresh attacks by suspected herdsmen on the people of Dekina and Omala local government areas of Kogi State where scores of people were reported killed on Wednesday. Against this backdrop the Upper chamber has urged President Buhari to direct the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to move the military and the police to bring the situation under control. The Senate also asked IGP Idris to arrest the perpetrators of the fresh attacks, just as it sympathized with the families of those affected and observed a minute silence.
The Upper chamber also asked the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to send relief materials and assistance to all the affected victims. Resolutions of the Senate, yesterday, were sequel to a point of Order by Senator Atai Ali Aidoko (PDP, Kogi East). Senator Aidoko, who cited orders 42 and 52, moved a motion on the gruesome killings in Dekina LGA, Kogi State by herdsmen.
Presenting the motion, Senator Aidoko claimed that 20 and 12 people each were killed in Dekina and Omala local government areas; 12 in Omala, while another five were maimed in the two areas on Wednesday, March 14.
He expressed concern that “despite the widespread condemnation of the killings going on in other parts of the country, the perp etrators of this heinous crime have not been arrested and persecuted by the Nigerian Police Force. This has led to the continuation of the killings in the country”.
Senator Aidoko noted that “the senate is worried that the incessant attack impedes all well-meaning efforts at peace building.” In his contribution, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North), who cautioned against tagging the killers Fulani herdsmen, said Nigerians should see them as armed bandits, who are operating in every part of the country.