You have 14 days to arrest the killers in Benue State, Senate orders IGP

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The Senate on Tuesday gave the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris 14 days to arrest the perpetrators of the killings in Benue State.
The order came after a heated debate on the bloody massacre in Benue State by the people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Senator Shehu Sani(APC-Kaduna) cautioned against viewing the crisis from religious and ethnic perspective adding “if you are faced with a crisis and you use ethnic or religious lenses to view at it, you will see a religious, ethnic or sectional image.

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“This is not the time for diplomacy and courtesy. This is the time to provide leadership for a nation that is in national emergency and national distress,” Sani said.
He said there must be a clear distinction between armed herdsmen who must be confronted frontally and Fulani cattle rearers.
Also speaking, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP-Abia) attributed the killings to lack of jobs in the country.
He urged the Federal Government to pass the Peace Corps bill into law for intelligence gathering at the grassroots.
In his remarks, President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki noted that the Senate’s debate on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue and other states had shown that it was not religious-based.
“It was a breakdown of law and order in that part of the country.
“I commend my Distinguished Colleagues for their sincerity and patriotism during this debate. This killing is also a wakeup call for all of us to put all hands on deck to address this crisis.
“We want to see immediate action. One point raised here today is the issue of justice. Without justice we cannot see unity and that justice stands as one of our recommendations.

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“In the next 14 days, the Inspector General of Police must find the perpetrators, arrest them, and the Attorney General of Benue State must prosecute them. That is the minimum requirement and it must happen,” he said.
“Our resolution is that some of our discussions here need to be conveyed to Mr. President. We appreciate his actions for calling us and giving us a brief on what has happened. Hence, we owe it to him to tell him what we have discussed and the seriousness with which we have taken the issue.
“It is a wakeup call for him and it is a wakeup call for us. It is a wake–up call for this government. We must address the issue of security. We cannot continue to allow this violence to keep going on from one state to another. Therefore, something needs to be done,” Saraki said. © January 17, 2018

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