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Plateau Killings: We Need Quick Security Measures, Saraki Tells Buhari

Channels Television  
Updated June 25, 2018
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Senate President Bukola Saraki

 

Senate President Bukola Saraki has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to devise quick measures to tackle the spate of killings in the country.

He made the appeal in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Sunday while condemning the attack on villages that claimed scores of lives in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Saraki asked President Buhari to direct the security chiefs to swiftly produce quick response measures aimed at tackling incessant killings in the country.

He said “This is very depressing and giving the impression that the country is not safe.

“The problem of Boko Haram in the North-east is well known to everybody but this killing by an unknown band of assailants in Benue, Taraba, Plateau and Kaduna states is now giving another dimension to the crisis.”

“Coming at the time we are getting ready for elections, we need to respond fast.

“If the plan is to develop some long-term measures, we also request that the President should mandate the security chiefs to put forward an immediate short-term and quick response measure which will restore confidence in the system and demonstrate to the criminals behind this killings, the capacity of government to tackle the issue,” the senator added.

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The Senate President further explained that the quick action was necessary because Nigerians needed to have the assurance that the government was decisively responding to the current threat to lives and property in the country.

One of the communities attacked in Plateau State

“We have to immediately devise a plan through which the criminals behind the killings and their sponsors can be nabbed and made to face the wrath of the law.

“We have to also develop plans to mop up illegal firearms in the hands of dangerous elements while also stopping the influx of these arms into the country,” he advised.

Senate President Saraki, however, commiserated with the people of Barkin Ladi LGA and the Government of Plateau State over the weekend attack.

He prayed for the repose of the deceased and for God to grant the injured swift recovery.