OrderPaperToday – The Southeast caucus in the senate has condemned the recent attack on a community in Ebonyi State by suspected herdsmen that led to the death of 17 people.

The lawmakers warned that the Nigerian state is fast delegitimizing itself with the rising cases on insecurity in the country

The caucus, in a statement by its Chairman, Sen. Ike Ekeremadu (PDP, Enugu), called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to fish out those responsible for the Ebonyi attack, stressing that this latest killings must not go unpunished like others in the past.

“This act is most unfeeling and gruesome; and we condemn it in totality. But more importantly, this must not go unpunished like others before it,” the statement said, adding:

“It is imperative to warn that the Nigerian state is fast delegitimising itself by its failure to discharge the primary purpose of government, which is security and welfare of the people, as clearly prescribed in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution.

“The widespread killings and all manner of violent crimes across the country have continued to worsen because the perpetrators walk away with their crimes, never arrested or brought to book.

“Therefore, this is particularly a call on the Inspector General of Police and the heads of security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the Ebonyi killing to book expeditiously. To do otherwise will amount to further loss of government’s exclusive power of coercion to non-state actors and brigands, leaving citizens and constituent parts of the country with no option than to further resort to self-help.”

The caucus also condoled with the Government and people of Ebonyi State on the sad development.

“We stand in sympathy and solidarity with the Government and people of Ebonyi State over this dastardly incident and will give every necessary support to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book”, the statement concluded.

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