Sen­ate urges probe into killing of Oyo law­maker

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

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.

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