Killings: South West Reps demand action

Members of the House of Representatives from the South-west region of the country have demanded for decisive action from President Muhammadu Buhari, in order to address the ongoing killings across the country.

Led by Hon. Femi Fakeye at a media briefing on Tuesday, the caucus while condemning the Saturday invasion of lgangan town, Ibarapa North local government area, Oyo state by suspected bandits, warned that if the government failed to send the right signal against the killings, other criminals may be emboldened into following the same line.

Earlier in a resolution on a motion jointly sponsored by members of the caucus, and moved by Hon. Ajibola Muraina, the House of Representatives condemned the callous and barbaric invasion of the town, and the razing to ashes and destruction of several houses, including the palace of the Oba of the town (Asigangan of lgangan), among others, calling on NEMA to provide relief material to victims of the attacks.

Fakeye warned that if the practice visitors opting to invade their hosts communities and killing is not stemmed, it may provoke anger. “We don’t want war in this country, and for that not to happen, there is need for the right signal to be sent. We don’t want the criminals to get away with it”, he stated.

The caucus further urged security agencies to collectively work in synergy, especially on intelligence sharing, in order to bring the killings under control, as it urged the people in charge of governance “to be seen to be doing what they ought to do”.

Presenting the motion earlier, Muraina expressed dismay that the assailants in their large numbers, invaded the town on motorcycles, and allegedly opened fire, without any provocation on innocent, defenceless and harmless indigenes.

“As a result of this attack on lgangan town, it is alleged that over 50 harmless indigenes of the town were killed in cold blood, about 90 others sustained life threatening injuries, 50 houses including the palace of the Oba of the town (Asigangan of lgangan), petrol filling stations, houses, shops with goods inside, trucks with goods inside and other properties worth millions of Naira were razed to ashes by the marauders”, the lawmaker said.

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