Senate resumes sitting, condemns killings in Benue, others


The Senate has condemned in strong terms the killings in Benue State, Rivers, Taraba and other parts of the country recently adding that the mindless killings have no place in the country.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki who made the feeling of the upper chamber known while welcoming members back from Christmas and New Year recess offered the sincere condolences of the senate to the people of Benue state and indeed to all who had suffered the loss of their loved ones as a result of the killings.

According to Saraki,”The Senate condemns the killings in Benue State in the strongest terms, and we declare that mindless bloodletting has no place in our society. I offer our sincerest condolences to the people of Benue, and indeed to all who have suffered the loss of their loved ones as a result of these wanton acts”.

While describing human life as sacred, he stated without equivocation that Nigerian life must become sacred adding that “When we fail in our duty to protect Nigerian lives, it is a tragedy and an indictment on us all. We as the 8th Senate stand ready to help find solutions to assuage the hurt to affected parts, to bring the perpetrators to justice and to enthrone peace in all four corners of this country.

“Let me state that the 8th Senate is disturbed by these unfortunate incidents, and we have been for some time. We were concerned enough to have inaugurated the Ad-Hoc Committee on Security in November of last year. And so it was that, with the shocking reports from Benue, Rivers and other places, the Security Committee members also cut short their recess to resume sitting, with a view to fast-tracking their investigations, in order to present an interim report for the Senate’s consideration immediately on resumption. I really must commend the committee for their swift action in this regard; and I am happy to note that the interim report is ready for the consideration of this chamber.

“We are a people-oriented Senate, and I believe I speak for us all when I pledge that we shall continue to demonstrate similar dedication to our duties this year, as worthy representatives of the people who voted us into office”.

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