Senate summons security chiefs over killings, kidnappings

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The Senate has summoned the Security Chiefs over the spate of insecurity across the country.

The Senate also noted that it would meet with President Bola Tinubu for briefings on the state of insecurity across the nation.

The motion on the Urgent National importance on National Security was raised by the Senate leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele on behalf of the 109 senators.

He said, “Mr President, Motion on the spate of Insecurity in the Nigerian Nation.

“The Senate notes with sadness, the rising spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry and other criminal activities in the country.”

He added, “Senate further notes the recent killings in Agata local government area of Benue State, which led to the loss of lives, including security personnel and wanting the 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.”

He further stated, “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 Senate further observed a minute’s silence in honour of the deceased.

In his comment, the Senate President said, “After the interactive session with the security chiefs, which we agreed that it should be next week, we would also fix a time to discuss the outcome with Mr President.”