Agatu attacks: Senate asks FG to curtail insecurity, killings
The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, urged the federal government to take proactive measures to curtail insecurity and malicious killings ravaging Agatu in Benue state and all other states of the federation.
This was consequent upon a motion sponsored, by Senator Patrick Abba Moro (Benue South) with the support of Senators Gabriel Suswam (Benue North East); Emmanuel Orker-Jev (Benue North West); Ademola Balogun (Oyo South) and Lilian Ekwunife (Anambra Central).
In leading the debate, Senator Moro lamented the incessant attacks on the agrarian people of Agatu local government of Benue state by Fulani herdsmen and other militias, with the recent attack in Okokolo on 30th June, 2019.
The Senate also directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately intervene to provide relief materials to the people of Okokolo in Agatu local government area.
While urging relevant security agencies to be proactive to forestall future occurrences, the Senate also called on the relevant security agencies to intensify mop up of small arms and light weapons in circulation across the federation.
While making his remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, thanked Senator Moro for bringing up such an all-important motion, calling on the executive to act on the resolution immediately.
“The Parliament needs to follow up on motions. The parliament needs to work with the executive to ensure compliance.
“The security architecture of this country today, shows that there is need for a change, in the way they relate and operate”, Lawan added.
He assured the Senate that the parliament would closely work with the executive for prompt implementation of resolutions, saying when the committees are formed in the Senate, everything would be in place.