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Senate Orders IGP To Fish Out Benue Killers

The Senate on Tuesday rose from over six hours consideration of the worsening security situation in the country and mandated the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to fish out perpetrators of the killings in Benue State within 14 days.

The upper chamber, after what appeared as exhaustive debate of the dire situation, asked its presiding officers to convey the resolutions to President Muhammadu Buhari for immediate implementation.

The resolutions followed the consideration of the interim report of January 1 killings in Benue State.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the IGP must act on the resolution while the Benue State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice must be prepared to prosecute the masterminds of the mayhem.

Saraki said: “We took almost six hours to deliberate. It shows that it is goes beyond religion and ethnicity. It shows that there is breakdown of law and order. If we fail to act, it will be an indictment. We want immediate action. One of the issues is justice. Without justice, there can be no peace.

“I think that we owe to the President to tell him what we have discussed. This is a wake- up call on the President and on all of us. We must be seen to be doing something.

“The President must act. Those responsible must be held accountable. Military all the time cannot be the solution. The military is being over stretched. That is not good for us. Most importantly action must begin to happen to show Nigerians that we are not just talking. We need to ensure that this never happens again. We need to restore hope.”

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, canvassed the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency to safe the country from drifting into anarchy.

He urged the Senate to prevail on President Buhari to declare a nationwide state of emergency to enable the government to deal decisively with “dangerous developments” in parts of the country.