The Senate on Tuesday gave the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, a 14-day ultimatum to arrest and investigate the perpetrators of Benue killings. Idris, on Monday convened a peace meeting with governors and stakeholders from Benue and Nasarawa to address the disputes between the two states. The meeting, which was meant to find a lasting solution to the incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes in the states was, however, postponed as the governors from the two states were not present. The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the review of the current security infrastructure in Nigeria had on Friday visited Benue to ascertain the level of killings in the state.
The report was presented by Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday.
He said the recommendations of the committee included reexamining, revamping and reinventing the nation’s security architecture and infrastructure in order to ensure that no community or entity was left unsecured and unsafe. Lawan, who is also the Senate Leader, said other recommendations are for the Senate to convene, as a matter of utmost urgency, a national security summit. “The Federal Government should examine the deployment of security personnel in our rural communities and borders to ensure that no one gets in or out of the country without proper documentation and regular surveillance.