Reps Call On FG To Declare Emergency On Ritual Killings

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    The House of Representatives has called for the declaration of a national emergency on ritual killings across the country.

    This formed part of the resolutions reached by the lawmakers on a motion of urgent public importance entitled ‘Need to Curb the Rising Trend of Ritual Killings in Nigeria’.

    The Minority Leader of the House, Mr Toby Okechukwu, moved the motion during Wednesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

    The motion comes amid the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians for ritual purposes, with one of the latest being the murder of Sofiat Kehinde in Ogun State.

    Worried about the trend, the lawmakers called on the National Orientation Agency (NOA), as well as parents, heads of schools, religious leaders, and the media to undertake a campaign to change the negative narrative bedevilling the society.

    They resolved to call on the Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board to rise to the mandate of the agency, as the clearing house for all movies produced in the country.

    The lawmakers mandated the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics, and Values to report back to the House within four weeks.

    According to them, the Inspector General of Police should take urgent steps to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering, with a view to apprehend and prosecute all perpetrators of ritual killings in Nigeria.

    Similarly, the House Committee on Police Affairs was mandated to report back to the lawmakers within four weeks.

     

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