Insecurity: Senate summons service chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday summoned the Service Chiefs and heads of other relevant security agencies to appear before it next week on way out of the rising wave of insecurity in the country.

It also planned to meet President Bola Ahmed Tinubu after interface with the Service Chiefs next week.

The Senate had, in the heat of uproar generated by the killing of close to 200 people in Plateau state on Christmas eve last year by unknown bandits, summoned the Service Chiefs to appear before it, but was not honoured before the issuance of another summon.

The fresh summon of the Service Chiefs by the Senate, was sequel to a motion on Spate of Insecurity in the country sponsored by 107 serving Senators.

Leader of the Senate Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), who presented the motion on behalf of his other colleagues, lamented the rising spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry, and other criminal activities across the country.

The motion reads: “Senate notes the recent killings in Agata local government area of Benue State, which led to loss of lives, including security personnel and wanting 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.

“Consequently, the Senate do 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 and that a minute silence should be observed in honour of the departed.”

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