FEDERAL LAWMAKERS RISE AGAINST SPATE OF KILLINGS IN THE COUNTRY
The meeting held by the Senate with Security Chiefs to address the proliferation of dangerous firearms and the spate of killings by terrorists in the country has come to an end with Senate President Bukola Saraki pointing out the funding challenge confronting security agencies.
According to him, both parties have now resolved that special funding for security agencies had become necessary and the agencies would bring the request for the special funding in the next two weeks.
The lawmaker noted that the police were most guilty of employing extra-judicial execution of suspects in their custody, a practice widely tolerated in the system.
For the health and safety of the society, Senator Saraki recommended that those who felt they were above the law would be made to face the full weight of the law.
He said that eradicating mob actions or jungle justice was necessary in eliminating the chance of Nigeria witnessing impunity and anarchy in the society.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committees on Police Affairs, Federal Judiciary and Justice to ensure full compliance with the resolution.
Also, the House of Representatives has called on Nigeria Police Force to investigate the spate of jungle justice and mob killings across the country and prosecute perpetrators of such acts.
This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Mr Ezekiel Adaji (Benue-PDP) at the plenary yesterday.
Moving the motion earlier, Mr Adaji pointed out that democracy which Nigeria operated was anchored on respect for the rule of law.
He said that democracy was also predicated on constitutionalism, order, justice and fairness.
The legislator noted that the Nigerian law had adequate provisions that empowered law enforcement agencies to enforce and implement all laws.
According to him, mob killings and jungle justice were the consequences of failure of criminal justice system and the failure of society to apply uniform and equal standards.