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The Senate on Tuesday invited heads of security agencies over the increasing rate of insecurity across the country.

According to a report, the security chiefs will appear before the Senate next week for an interactive session with the lawmakers on how to curb insecurity. 

The decision comes after a motion titled, “Spate of insecurity in Nigeria”, all the 109 senators sponsored during Tuesday’s plenary.

This is coming as the killings and kidnappings in Abuja, Plateau, Benue, Ekiti and other states increase. 

Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, the Senate Leader who presented the motion, said: “The Senate notes with sadness the rising spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry, and other criminal activities in the nation.

“Senate further notes the recent killings in Agatu local government area of Benue State, which led to loss of lives, including security personnel and wanton destruction of properties as well as the brutal killings of eleven residents of Logo local government area of Benue State.

“Senate equally notes the various kidnappings in the Federal Capital Territory where victims have been killed after collecting ransom.

“Senate is also aware of several cases of kidnappings all over the country where huge ransom had been paid, and several of the victims still got killed.

“Senate is also aware that the recent killings of two traditional rulers in Ekiti State and the abduction of primary school pupils in Ekiti had further aggravated the level of insecurity in the country.

“Senate notes the unfortunate bomb explosion at Bodija in Ibadan Oyo State where no less than five lives were lost, and several residential houses, schools, hotels, and religious centres were destroyed.

“The Senate equally notes the killing of several residents of Mangu, Bokkos, and Barkin Ladi communities in Plateau State.”

After that, the Red Chamber summoned the security chiefs for an interactive session to resolve the issue of insecurity in the country. 

Senate President Godswill said the House would discuss the outcome of the interaction with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

He said, “We are very determined to make laws and pass resolutions aimed at ensuring rapid progress of the country and the immediate improvement of the Nigerian economy.

“This will not be possible without a secured nation. We will take this up with Mr. President after interaction with security chiefs.”

 

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