- President Buhari has been urged to devise quick measures to tackle the spate of killings in some parts of Nigeria
- Reacting to the killings in Barkin Ladi local government area of the state which left scores dead, Bukola Saraki said the news is very depressing
- He, however, prayed for the repose of the deceased and for God to grant the injured swift recovery
Senate president Bukola Saraki has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the security chiefs to immediately produce quick response measures aimed at tackling the incessant killings in some parts of Nigeria.
Channel TV reports that Saraki made this call in reaction to the killings in Barkin Ladi local government area of the state in which scores were left dead.
According to him, “I am very sad to hear the news of the incident in Plateau state. 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.
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“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.”
The Senate president, however, commiserated with the people of Barkin Ladi local government area and the government of Plateau state over the weekend attack. He prayed for the repose of the deceased and for Almighty God to grant the injured swift recovery.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari described killing in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state as painful.
Expressing regret over the killings, he vowed that his administration would not rest until the murderers and sponsors are brought to justice.
Reacting through his official Twitter handle hours after the reported killings, President Buhari said the incident is “very painful and regrettable.’’
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