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Saraki Orders Senate Panel to Suspend Recess, Expedite Actions over Benue Killings

In response to the recent killings in Benue and Rivers States, President of the Senate,Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has directed members of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Security to immediately resume sitting and work through the weekend to ensure they have an interim report ready for the consideration of members by next week when it resumes plenary.

 

In a statement issued by Senate President's Spokesman, Yusuf Olaniyonu Saraki, while responding to the situation in Benue State, especially, re-emphasized his belief that the killings are clear indications that the Security architecture in the country has inherent faults and needs to be refurbished. He said security agencies must be totally overhauled in terms of equipment, specialization, funding, training and staffing as he affirmed that there is a clear failure of intelligence gathering, analysis and response time.

 

Our correspondent Raliat Adenekan reports that in November, the Senate set up a special committee led by Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan to work with security agencies to review the entire system with a view to identifying what is required in terms of laws, process, procedure, funding and other necessities in order to have a solid and pro-active security system.

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