Wanton killings: Saraki, Dogara grieve, demand action from security agencies

OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have expressed sadness at the resurgence of security breakdown and loss of lives witnessed few days ago in the country.

The leaders of the federal legislature called on security agencies to rise to the challenge and prevent further halt to the killings while expressing sympathies to the victims of the crisis.

About 50 persons were reportedly killed in Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue State while a traditional ruler and his entire household was annihilated in Southern Kaduna which came on the heels of the shooting of over a dozen worshippers who were returning from new year cross-over service in Omoku, Rivers State.

Speaking on these attacks, Saraki stated that “perpetrators of these callous act must be caught and brought to justice,” saying “Tuesday’s heinous killings in Benue State that has left countless families without their loved ones was a reprehensible act of violence.

“As Nigerians, we must all remain united in our condemnation of all such violence. I join all Nigerians in grieving and praying for all that have been affected. Such actions have no place in Nigeria. The perpetrators of this callous act must be caught and brought to justice –the Senate will continue to render all necessary support to ensure that this happens.”

Dogara, on his part, said it is high time all the security apparatuses of the country are mobilized to put a stop to these mindless killings.

“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,” he said in a statement.

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