The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said he was in shock over the mass killing of children and women in the renewed attacks by herdsmen in Benue State, and called for immediate deployment of troops to all affected areas.
A statement by his media office in Abuja reads, “These killings, coming shortly after the whole world was outraged by similar killings in Agatu in the same Benue State and another in Rivers State, is a clear indication that it is high time all the security apparatuses of the country were mobilised to put a stop to these mindless killings. Enough is enough!
“No reason whatsoever can be enough justification for such dastardly acts.
“It will be recalled that a traditional ruler in Kaduna State was recently killed by the same ‘unknown’ gunmen.
“The killing of the second class chief came a few days after several people were also killed during a Christmas carol in the Jama’a Local Government of the state.
“It is worrisome that at a time government is taking every step to tame the security challenges in the country, there seems to be a steady deterioration of security of lives and property all over the country.”