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Reps summon Buhari over Benue killings
The House of Representatives has summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over the incessant killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue State and several other states of the federation.
This follows the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Mark Gbilah, from Benue State, which was slightly amended by Baballe Bashir of Kano State.
The lawmakers want Buhari to explain why the killings by suspected herdsmen across the country have persisted, and also for him to brief them on the steps so far taken to improve the security situation in the country.
This is the first time a sitting Nigerian President would be summoned to appear before lower legislative chamber.
In a related development, the House passed a vote of no confidence on the service chiefs and National Security Adviser for their inability to end herdsmen killings across the country.
We also resolved to summon the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, @NGRPresident @MBuhari in order to answer pertinent questions concerning what the Executive is doing to put a decisive end to the spate of killings in different states of the Federation. pic.twitter.com/DlY2f2ACU3
— Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara (@YakubDogara) April 25, 2018
The lawmakers also resolved to suspend sitting for three days in honour of the 19 persons, including two Catholic priests that were killed in an attack on a community in Benue State on Tuesday.
The two chambers of the National assembly hold their sittings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every week except when they are on recess. this means that the House would not sit for one week.
President Buhari had issued a statement condemning Tuesday’s attack in Benue State, describing it as vile, evil and satanic.
He promised that the perpetrators would be apprehended and brought to justice.