Senate urges probe into killing of Oyo lawmaker
The Senate yesterday called for investigation into the killing of a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr. Gideon Aremu, by gunmen in front of his house at the weekend.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said in a statement that the police should thoroughly investigate the incident to bring the culprits to book.
He added that the murder of a lawmaker sent a wrong signal to the local and international community about the state of security in the nation.
“Legislators across the world are becoming endangered. Before the murder of Hon. Aremu in Nigeria, we had seen the gruesome killing of Jo Cox, the British member of Parliament who was murdered while campaigning for retaining Britain in the European Union. This only shows that legislators like every of their constituent are more vulnerable in an insecure environment.
“That is why we call on the police and other security agencies to intensify their crime prevention and detection activities. If police can foil assassination attempts and unravel cases of murder within reasonable time, it will serve as disincentive and deterrent to those who perpetrate evil deeds,” he said.