NASS leadership to meet Tinubu over renew killings in Benue, others

The Senate, on Wednesday says leadership of the National Assembly will meet President Bola Tinubu over resolutions and recommendations toward curbing killings and general insecurity nationwide.

The senate said the recommendations were those made by the eight, ninth and 10th assemblies.

The resolution followed adoption of a motion at plenary.

The motion, titled, ”Continued killings by suspected terrorists parading as herdsmen and increasing insecurity in Kwande, Ukum, Logo and Katsina Ala local government areas of Benue ” was sponsored by Sen. Emmamuel Udende (APC-Benue).

Udende in his lead debate, said it was sad that no fewer than 50 persons were killed in fresh attacks on several communities in Kwande, Ukum, Logo and Katsina Ala local government areas of Benue by terrorists.

He said the affected communities, some of which were attacked on March 5, included Tyuluv, Borikyo, Kundav, Ugbaam, Uyam, Udedeku, Yaaiwa, Nyihemba, Tomatar , Menakwagh , Yiase and Agura all in the Benue North- East senatorial district.

Udende said residents of the villages and communities now found themselves as targets of heavily armed terrorists on daily basis.

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This, he said, left many homes completely burnt down and numerous residents still missing, while the perpetrators, however, remained elusive and had not been apprehended.

He said the pathetic situation and development had inflicted untold hardship on women, children and the elderly, who were trekking long distances in search of a safe haven and awaiting intervention of security operatives.

Udende said the situation had impacted negatively on the economic lives of the people and the resultant effect of shortage of farm produce was one of the reasons for astronomical rise in prices of agricultural produce and inflation in Nigeria.

He expressed worry that despite the public outcry and previous resolutions of the national assembly on criminal activities of the terrorists, their activities had continued.

The senate in its further resolutions, urged the Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police and heads of other security agencies to as a matter of urgency, deploy security personnel to address continuing and ongoing attacks by terrorists in the affected communities.

DAILY POST reports that about 50 persons were killed in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State on Tuesday following a clash between two militia groups.

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