Insecurity: Senate wants State Police

Insecurity: Senate wants State Police

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:16 pm

Senate Chambers

The Senate on Tuesday opted for State Police as panacea to insecurity currently bedevilling the country.

To put effect to the resolution, the upper chamber directed its Committee on Constitution Amendment headed by Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, to submit its report within two weeks.

These were sequel to a Point-of-Order by Sen. Jonah Jang (PDP-Plateau) on the recent killings in Plateau.

Jang recalled that recently, there were attacks on many villages in the state, particularly in the North and Central Senatorial Districts of the state.

He said that the security challenges confronting the country with reference to some communities in the parts of the state had become worrisome.

The lawmaker noted that the latest killing had led to the death of 250 persons and many injured.

Contributing, Sen. Joshua Lidani (PDP-Gombe) said the carnage on the Plateau was the latest in the series of cases recurring almost daily in the country.

“This is so much so that people are becoming immune to the rhetorics of killings.”

The senate also directed that the Bills for Peace and Reconciliation and Police Reform should be passed within two weeks.

The upper chamber also urged the Executive to overhaul the security architecture of the country and emplace a better security action plan that would decisively tackle violence threatening existence of communities.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said the killings were totally unacceptable and must be condemned in its totality.

“These are acts of criminality and we should not encourage any other colouration to it, be it religious. This is criminality and as such we have a role to ensure that we must address this criminality.

“We believe there is need for urgent review of the security architecture.

“We must not only see from the point of view that there is danger to security, there is also danger if we really believe that we are going to push our economy; it is going to become stagnant.

“As a senate, we must come up with our own actions as well,” he said.

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