Plateau Killings:  Senate summons security chiefs

Sharon EboesomiDecember 30, 20233 min

Senators requested the ministry of humanitarian affairs to offer prompt aid and supplies to victims of the Plateau killings 

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The Senate has summoned security chiefs to brief it on the attacks that took place during the Christmas eve in Plateau State, which led to the death of over 100 Nigerians.

It summoned the Chief of Army staff, Gen. Taofeeq Lagbaja, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar and the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.

Others who were summoned are the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (DIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu.

This resolution by the red chamber was sequel to the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Diket Plang (APC, Plateau Central) on Saturday during plenary. The senator lamented the incessant attacks by criminals in Plateau State and raise the need for a national security summit.

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In his contribution, Senator Adams Oshiomhole (APC, Edo North), called for a need to give adequate explanation on the inadequate intelligence, asserting that Nigerians are angry with the security agencies, hence the need to invite the chiefs to brief the Senate on the exact situation in a closed session.

The Senate thereafter observed a minute silence in honour of the victims and resolved to send a delegation led by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, to visit and condole with the victims.

The Senate also urged the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs to direct its agencies to provide relief and building materials to the victims of the crisis with immediate effect in order to enable them relocate back to their homes and decongest the internally displaced persons’ camps.

They also urged the Inspector General of Police to complete the mopol barracks situated in Barkin Ladi local Government Area.

It further urged the military to deploy intelligence and aerial surveillance in the affected Local Government Areas of Plateau State and its environs.

Recall that the minority caucus of the House of Representatives also called for a probe into the Plateau killings which devastated the people of the state and much of the country.

Sharon Eboesomi

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