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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Benue Killings: Saraki Orders Senate Panel To Suspend Recess, Expedite Action

Benue Killings: Saraki Orders Senate Panel To Suspend Recess, Expedite Action

Saraki President of Senate

Members of the Senate committee on Security have been mandated to suspend their recess to attend to issues of security threatening the peace of the nation.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that the Senate will request an interim report on the Fulani herdsmen killings from the Committee so that the Parliament will know what to do.

He mandated the Committee to work all through the weekend and ensure a report is ready for the Senate to consider in plenary on Tuesday when the parliament resumes.

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Saraki, while responding to the situation in Benue State, especially, re-emphasized his belief that the killings are clear indications that the Security architecture in the country has inherent faults and needs to be refurbished.

“I believe the sad situation in Benue State shows some fundamental faults in our security system. There is clear failure of intelligence gathering, analysis and response time. Our security agencies must be totally overhauled in terms of equipment, specialization, funding, training and staffing.

“This is the reason why in November, the Senate set up a special committee led by Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, to work with security agencies and review the entire system with a view to identifying what is required in terms of laws, process, procedure, funding and other necessities for us to have a solid security system which can be pro-active in identifying potential threats, responding to them on time and preventing any breach.

“We are quite aware of the fact that security is the first and prime responsibility of any government. That is why since early last week I have directed the Lawan committee to take into consideration the sad developments in Benue and Rivers in their deliberations.

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Now, we cannot wait for the time they planned to conclude their recommendations. They must fast track their schedule.

“They must sit through the weekend and get an interim report ready for the Senate when we resume plenary on Tuesday. We must immediately support the executive in solving this problem.

“We cannot afford shedding of blood and we are already moving into the election year with the potential for the aggravation or escalation of these problems. We must decisively resolve the problem of needless blood letting,” Saraki stated.

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