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Insecurity: Senate summons IGP, military chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday summoned heads of security agencies over the rising spate of insecurity in different parts of the country. The security chiefs are…

The Senate on Tuesday summoned heads of security agencies over the rising spate of insecurity in different parts of the country.

The security chiefs are to appear before the Senate next week for an interactive session with the lawmakers on how to address the menace.

The resolution followed a motion titled, “Spate of insecurity in Nigeria”, sponsored by all the 109 senators during Tuesday’s plenary.

This is coming as the country witnessed a spike in killings and kidnappings in Plateau, Abuja, Benue, Ekiti and other states in recent time.

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The Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, who presented the motion, said: “The Senate notes with sadness the rising spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry, and other criminal activities in the nation.

“Senate further notes the recent killings in Agatu local government area of Benue State, which led to loss of lives, including security personnel and wanton destruction of properties as well as the brutal killings of eleven residents of Logo local government area of Benue State.

“Senate equally notes the various kidnappings in the Federal Capital Territory where victims have been killed after collecting ransom.

“Senate is also aware of several cases of kidnappings all over the country where huge ransom had been paid and several of the victims still got killed.

“Senate is also aware that the recent killings of two traditional rulers in Ekiti State and the abduction of primary school pupils in Ekiti had further aggravated the level of insecurity in the country.

“Senate notes the unfortunate bomb explosion at Bodija in Ibadan Oyo State where no less than five lives were lost and several residential houses, schools, hotels, and religious centres were destroyed.

“The Senate equally notes the killing of several residents of Mangu, Bokkos, and Barkin Ladi communities in Plateau State.”

The Red Chamber thereafter resolved to invoke its earlier resolutions to invite the security chiefs for an interactive session with a view to resolving the insecurity that is plaguing the country.

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Akpabio said the outcome of the interactive session would be discussed with President Bola Tinubu for prompt implementation of their resolutions.

“We are very determined to make laws and pass resolutions aimed at ensuring rapid progress of the country and the immediate improvement of the Nigerian economy.

“This will not be possible without a secured nation. We will take this up with Mr. President after interaction with security chiefs,” Akpabio said.

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