June 25, 2024

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‘Nigerians are angry with you’, Senate tells security chiefs over Plateau killings as Peter Obi visits victims’ families

HEADS of the Nigerian security agencies are summoned to explain to the Senate why they should remain in office after the shameful bandit massacre in Plateau State.
The Senate has summoned the heads of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA) to appear before it over the Christmas-eve massacre on residents of 15 communities in Plateau State.
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has visited with the communities, lamenting seeming incapacity of government to do much.
Reports filled the airwaves that gunmen believed to be Fulani herders invaded the communities and killed over 200 residents mainly women, children and the elderly in what several people and groups had described as genocide.
Hoodlums also burnt down communities in a co-ordinated operation reportedly lasting for an hour without challenge from any quarter.
However, the Senate which reconvened on Saturday afternoon to deliberate on the 2024 budget appropriation bill, summons Chief of Army Staff Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Air Staff Hasan Abubakar, Inspector-General of Police Kayode Egbetokun, National Intelligence Agency director-general Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Department of State Services director-general Yusuf Bichi, as well as National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu.
The summons follow a motion raised by Sen. Adams Oshiomhole (APC, Edo-North) during plenary on Saturday.
Oshiomhole says the security chiefs have to explain to the Senate about the failure intelligence, to nip the attacks in bud.
The motion was seconded by Sen Sumaila Kawu and, thereafter the Senate lamented the incessant attacks by criminals on communities in Plateau State, raising the need for a national security summit.
Meanwhile, LP’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections Peter Obi has paid a visit on internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government areas of Plateau State where the Christmas-eve massacre occured.
Accompanied by state party officials, Obi has made a commitment of N5 million to each of the local government areas where displaced individuals have sought refuge.
Expressing his dismay, Obi strongly condemns the attacks that resulted in the loss of lives and property. He emphasises the government’s duty to prioritise the protection of lives and property.
Furthermore, Obi voiced deep concern regarding the escalating number of Nigerians seeking refuge as displaced persons within their own country. He stressed that this situation is unacceptable and called for immediate government intervention.
The attackers had invaded over 15 communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas on Christmas Eve, resulting in the tragic loss of more than 190 lives. The assailants set numerous houses ablaze, looted farm produce, and caused extensive destruction.