UPDATED: Benue Killings: Senate backs Reps, summons Buhari  

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.
Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session with the House of Representatives, for questioning over killings in Benue state.

Mr Buhari is to brief the lawmakers on the recent upsurge of violence in Benue and other states across the country.

The summon followed a deliberation on a motion on “Continued Killings in Benue State” sponsored by George Akume (Benue North West).

It came days after 19 persons, including two Catholic priests in Ukpor-Mbalom, Gwer West Local Government Area, were killed.

The senators condemned the inefficiency of security chiefs and agencies, adding that declaring state of emergency is the best way to drive out perpetrators.

The Senate had earlier suggested the federal government declares a state of emergency in Benue State and other states facing deadly violence.

It changed course however, agreeing to hear first from the president before taking a decision.

The summons by the Senate and the House are unprecedented.

More details later…

Editor’s Note: This updated post reflects a review of an earlier Senate decision for a state of emergency in Benue.

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